Musicfest Rocks St. X for 25th Year
The beat goes on and the song remains the same. Sure, there have been changes since its inception in 1986, but 25 years down the line, MusicFest still rocks.
Rex Holman (’87) was one of the founders of the original event, which capped a five-day celebration then called Music Appreciation Week that featured concerts of every genre performed by professionals at lunch period.
Holman said on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of MusicFest, “I can’t believe we ever got them to let us have an afternoon off to just play music, but it goes to show the school will let you run with a good idea, too. I’m glad they’re still doing it. I’m pretty proud of that, actually. It was a lot of fun.”
The 1986 music lineup featured Serenity Square, Crimson Harpoon, The Trocaderos, The Visuals, The Crunge, Liquid F, No Idea, The AOs, 4-Play and The Est. (Oddly, Holman’s band The Complaints was not on the bill.) The 2011 edition featured the talents of Starfox, The Woosters, TheTwist, Aureus, Bucket of Fish, The McEboys and Victor Mitraud
Per usual, the parking blazed with grills searing every manner of meat, fish and fowl. Cornhole abounded. The wet weather forced the AP Lit vs. AP Language softball game into St. Xavier Stadium to be contested on turf. The dunk tank supporting Marine Biology club was back and plenty of other entertainment was on hand.
But at the end of the day, music was king, the dual stages outside the gym lobby producing enough music - everything from jazz jams to heavy metal - to keep the rains at bay and ensure a festive finish to the week.