[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The long-awaited announcement of this year’s CampusFest acts came Tuesday, Feb. 4.
This year Clarion can expect to see the event evolve from a one-night show into three performances spanning three nights. Carley Aquilino, Jamie Lee and Chris Distefano, some of the stars of MTV’s “Girl Code” and “Guy Code,” will kick off CampusFest Thursday, March 27. Sam Hunt will join Cassadee Pope, winner of “The Voice,” for a performance on Friday, March 28. To cap off this year’s festivities will be a concert by the band Cartel on Saturday, March 29.
Alternative pop group Cartel may be most well known for their stint in MTV’s show “Band in a Bubble” in 2007, but they’ve also released four studio albums including last year’s “Collider.”
Pope, former lead singer for band Hey Monday, won season three of the “The Voice” and went on to release her first full length country solo album, “Frame by Frame,” in October of last year. Pope will be joined by country singer songwriter Sam Hunt.
“Guy Code,” and its subsequent spinoff “Girl Code,” are both products of the MTV family. Both seek to provide unique dialogue and comedic answers to the pertinent questions and dilemmas viewers face.
Responses to this year’s CampusFest have been mixed. Some students, like junior Laura Saussol, are pleased.
“I like that Cassadee Pope is coming to Clarion because I was a fan when she was on “The Voice” and I thought she was really good,” said Saussol.
Others feel somewhat more lukewarm. “I would’ve liked to see someone more mainstream and more well known. The Band Perry was very big, they’ve been nominated for awards, but I don’t know who Cartel is and with Cassadee Pope, I don’t even think I’ve heard one song,” says student Brooke Shaulis.
CampusFest as a festival, rather than a one-night event, is not a new concept, according to CampusFest committee chair Maggie Abrams.
“Prior to the Ke$ha concert a few years ago, CampusFest was always a variety of acts and usually on multiple days. We got away from that idea when we were able to land major bands that required more money, time and effort to plan. This year, we looked into a lot of different options and ultimately decided that going back to multiple shows was the best route,” said Abrams.
Abrams also talked about the importance of student input in the decision making process when looking at what artists to bring to Clarion.
“From the second The Band Perry concert ended, we have been receiving input, taking suggestions and listening to what the students want. I think with this multiple show concept we have done just that,” said Abrams.
For students who are looking to be involved with CampusFest, there are general meetings every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Gemmell 246. Ticket information can be found at www.clarion.edu/campusfest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]