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ISSUE 115 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 4/26/2002

Wellstock

By Byron Vierk
Staff Writer


Friday, April 26, 2002

Liars and Saints lead singer Anton Kreisl recalls the last time his band, then called Jamestown, first played the Spring St. Olaf music festival, Wellstock. The weather was not cooperating and several bands had seen their equipment blow over. Jamestown struggled through, though, as Kreisel opened the concert saying, We're gonna try not to get screwed by Mother Nature here today." Jamestown, now Liars and Saints, did not disappoint despite weather, and by the end of their set, the sun was out. It was obviously a good omen. Kreisl's band will repeat their Wellstock performance this Saturday, April 27, along with numerous other acts including Three Middle Class White Guys Play the Blues, now under the moniker "Saltines." Slated to start early afternoon on Saturday, the concert should run for at least six hours. Last year, each band played spirited sets despite questionable weather. This year, the bands may find themselves forced to perform inside, but the show promises to be even better than last year. Many Wellstock veterans from last year will be returning to the line-up as older, wiser, and better bands. The nearly 25-year-old tradition of Wellstock is founded today on the strength of St. Olaf private bands. Current bands like Liars and Saints and alumni groups like Katnapping are making a name for St. Olaf talent in Minnesota. Wellstock is hours and hours dedicated to letting St. Olaf bands show off what they are made of. This year will not disappoint, since the concert itself is filled with established and ambitious bands, all of which perform very well live. The bands to watch are Liars and Saints and Saltines. Both acts have good followings at St. Olaf and other schools, and both acts play a lot of shows. While Liars and Saints seems to be moving closer and closer to major radio play, the Saltines are perfect for a great time out on Mellby lawn. The balance of the two acts is perfect. Wellstock is a true all-day event. Sponsored by the Wellness Center, Wellstock can be enjoyed without interruption. Bon Apétit will be serving lunch and dinner outside for the event. One of the primary goals of the Wellness Center is to promote an atmosphere of community and togetherness through group activity. Wellstock represents the work and planning of dozens of faculty and student volunteer workers. With a substantial portion of the profits going to local charities, Wellstock is also an important event in the Northfield community. Wellstock is a spring landmark to Northfield as much as it is to St. Olaf. Wellstock is the last big concert here at St. Olaf, so soak it in while it lasts. Wellstock has been going on and will continue to go on, as long as the weather cooperates and bands are willing to play. The talent coming out of St. Olaf bands today rivals any college in Minnesota. Wellstock is becoming more and more a first glimpse into the next big St. Olaf band. Liars and Saints drummer, Brit Rice, recalls, "Wellstock really gave us a chance to get our music played for the entire school... it gave us much better exposure than we had had before. Plus," he added, grinning, "I like to play outside. Saturday's weather could spoil the party, with rain and snow mix in the forecast. In that case, Wellstock would become an indoor event, and one can only begin to imagine the chaos that would create. Wellstock would never be canceled under any circumstance, it's too much ingrained into the rites of spring here on the Hill. Drummer Rice views the event as a definite high point of the year, and eagerly anticipates Wellstock. "I'm looking forward to being able to play for St. Olaf students again, something we havent been able to directly do since November." This weekend on the Hill, if you dont go to Wellstock, you are missing a St. Olaf institution.





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