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Mayfest, tweaked from last year’s Springfest, premieres soon

July 13, 2017

 

Andrew Bell
Staff Reporter | agb022@latech.edu

 

On campus radio station, KLPI, hopes to overflow the Tolliver parking lot with the sound of music May 11, as it hosts its annual Mayfest concert.

 

Live music, free food, shirts and more will be included at the event, which will showcase performances by: The Painted Hands at 4 p.m.; Rella at 5 p.m.; Bon Bon Vivant at 6 p.m.; and Hydrogen Child (unplugged) at 7 p.m.

 

Chris Milanowski, a senior chemical engineering major, is the general manager of KLPI. He said they hope to alter the contents of this year’s concert from last year’s version of the event.

 

“Last year, we combined Mayfest with Union Board’s Spring Fling to create Springfest,” he said. “It was a great event, but this year it will be solely hosted by KLPI and more focused on the music. I’m hoping that this year is just as successful as last year.”

 

Milanowski said his excitement of hosting this event stems from its tradition and the positive effects it could have on stressed students.

 

“I wanted to host Mayfest because it’s a long running tradition of KLPI,” he said. “I hope the students can come out and enjoy themselves by listening to some great bands. Also, Mayfest is right before finals week, so it’s going to be a great way to have fun and relax before students have to start studying.”

 

According to Rachel Rogers, a senior political science major and music director of KLPI, the event, which will feature jazz, rock and acoustic bands, is aimed toward presenting a more musical approach than last year.

 

“This year’s Mayfest will be more focused on the music and less focused on the various booths and jumpy castles that Spring Fling normally has,” she said. “Last year it seemed like the music was secondary to everything else. As the radio station, we want the event to focus on showcasing the music and the local artists that are playing for us.”

 

Rogers said she is most looking forward to hearing a band named Bon Bon Vivant from New Orleans.

 

“I am too excited for Bon Bon Vivant,” she said. “I received their album and have been listening to it ever since. I loved it so much, I asked them to play for us. Jazz is one of my favorite genres. It’s so upbeat. I can’t wait for them to bring a bit of New Orleans to us.”

 

Some Louisiana Tech students seem to be looking forward to attending Mayfest as well.

 

Grant Saulters, a freshman marketing major, said he is eager to experience what KLPI has in store.

 

“I’d say I’m looking forward to the live music,” he said. “I love hearing new music and I like hearing upcoming indie bands I’ve never heard before. Not to mention, I love eating free food and getting new shirts.”

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