Artist announcements for Roberts Road Spring Music Festival 2016

As many of you might already know, Colby’s Roberts Road Spring Music Festival is coming up in just a couple of weeks. The event is special for multiple reasons: delicious catered food, unusual activities, and most importantly, live outdoor music—all day and for free.

This year’s performers will be RAC, BØRNS, Smallpools, and The Knocks. RAC, BØRNS, and Smallpools all fall under the indie pop/ alternative dance genre, while The Knocks fit more into the category of electronic/dance. “We chose these particular artists because we wanted to get good bands that we felt would suit an outdoor festival venue,” said Student Programming Board (SPB) Treasurer Hutch Hurwitz ’16. “We hope they’ll cater to a lot of crowds at Colby.”

Making the festival happen requires a tremendous amount of student involvement—not only on the part of SPB, but also from others that help to get students interested in the event. This year, Casey Coulter ’16 and Palmer Taylor ’17 created a short claymation (clay animation) video to officially announce the festival and its four artists.

“We figured a lot of people knew the songs, but not the artists,” Coulter explained. Their imaginative creation added to the growing excitement for the event, and also revealed the students’ proficient artistic skills.

“[SPB Publicity Committee Chair Charlie Beck ’17] approached me with the idea of changing how the lineup gets announced. We agreed the old emailing system was bland and really easy to ignore or lose in your inbox,” Taylor said when explaining SPB’s reasoning for choosing a video for advertising the event. “I can’t help but to be disappointed every once in a while by the occasional lack of enthusiasm the student body has towards visiting artists. This was an opportunity to both announce the artists and expose Colby students who didn’t know these bands and make them excited about them in a fun, visually appealing way.”

About the artists:

RAC (Remix Artist Collective) began as the solo project of Portuguese musician André Allen Anjos, and was later joined by Seattle-based musician Aaron Jasinski and Chris Angelovski of the Netherlands in 2006. They remix mostly indie-rock and indie-pop music, including songs by the Shins, Bloc Party, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, along with songs by other artists like Lana del Rey and Lady Gaga. Their Grammy-winning remix of Odesza’s “Say My Name” is probably their most well known song.

L.A. based musician Garrett Borns (a.k.a. BØRNS) has also been receiving a lot of attention in the past couple of years. The release of his 2015 album Dopamine jumpstarted his career, and his most recent performance was at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “10,000 Emerald Pools” and “Electric Love” are among some of his most popular songs, and can currently be heard on radio stations such as Central Maine’s 92 Moose (92.3 FM).

Smallpools is another L.A. based band consisting of members Sean Scanlon (vocals), Mike Kamerman (guitar), Joe Intile (bass), and Beau Kuther (drums). Known for their electro-pop sounds, the group blew up on The Hype Machine music blog in 2013 and has continued to produce eclectic music ever since. Finally, The Knocks are an electronic duo from New York City. DJs Ben Ruttner and James Patterson have been touring, remixing, collaborating, and producing furiously for the past few years. Their music is a refreshing mix of electronic and hip-hop beats. “Classic (feat. Powers)” and “Kiss The Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean)” are some of their most popular songs.

The festival will be in the Roberts parking lot, and students can expect a variety of buffet-style food to choose from. Along with the SPB provided buffet, there will be two trucks providing food from Kingfield, Maine’s Rolling Fatties (locally sourced burritos) and Waterville’s Downtown Smoothie. Students can also participate in other fun activities similar to last year’s—hopefully the mechanical bull will make another appearance. Watch the video announcement at: https:// vimeo.com/161919025.

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