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ISSUE 117 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 5/7/2004

New spring concert to feature blues, local bands

By Stephanie Soucheray
Staff Writer


Friday, May 7, 2004

This Saturday St. Olaf will attempt its first independent spring concert on Buntrock Plaza. After the end of the joint St. Olaf-Carleton spring concert, St. Olaf decided to sponsor its own outdoor concert, and all who have worked putting "Lutefest" together hope the all-day musicfest will be a success.

Kris Swanson, director of student activities, said, "Lutefest is a joint effort between the Lions Pause, Student Activities Committee (SAC) and Volunteer Network."

Some students may wonder what happened to Wellstock, the traditional St. Olaf music event.

Typically, Swanson explained, the Wellness Center sponsored Battle of the St. Olaf Bands (Wellstock) that took place the weekend before Carletons spring concert (Arbstock). The St. Olaf student band that won at Wellstock would open for the headlining act the following weekend.

Arbstock and Wellstock brought the two campuses together, but conflicts earlier this year resulted in Arbstock being held during St. Olafs Celebration and Commencement Weekend.

Katie Rohach 05, SAC coordinator, was part of the team that helped organize Lutefest.

"Organizers didnt want this large spring event to replace Wellstock or Arbstock," she said. "We just wanted to ensure that Oles will have a fun spring event open to all student organizations."

Many different student organizations will be setting up booths.

"Look for a dunk tank, tie-dying, student artisans and other attractions that will create a city-fair atmosphere," Swanson said.

Bon Appétit will serve lunch and dinner outside. If the weather is bad, the events will be moved into the Crossroads in Buntrock Commons and the Lions Pause.

Four student bands and three professional music groups will provide the entertainment at Lutefest. Mary Henry 06, concert chair at the Pause, helped choose the student acts, who were picked after submitting demo tapes to the Pause. The four bands  Salt, Allegra Geller, Isle of Lucy and Fellows and a Lady  will take the stage at noon on Saturday.

"We originally started with a blues music theme for Lutefest," said Henry, "But our student bands are playing everything from Brit rock (Isle of Lucy) to Christian (Salt) to hip-hop (Fellows and a Lady)."

Following the student acts, Rock City Band and 2nd Exit will perform before the headliners, Indigenous, take the stage.

Isaac Kidder 06, drummer for Allegra Geller, is looking forward to Saturday's concert.

"Were really excited to play at Lutefest this year," Kidder said. "Its a great opportunity to play in front of students and to play outside."

Kidder promises that the student audience at Lutefest will hear some very different music from Allegra Geller when they take the stage.

"Our band plays think-rock, which is a name we gave to our type of music; its a different kind of rock," Kidder said. "Were not going to be taking the stage hitting power chords. We play intricate and lyrical music."

Both Henry and Rohach are excited about the tradition Lutefest could spark at St. Olaf.

"Lutefest is a really exciting idea," Henry said. "We hope that people stay excited about it for the years to come."





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