Bucstock Music and Arts Festival coming to ETSU next weekend


JOHNSON CITY (March 28, 2014) – The Baby Boomers had Woodstock in 1969.  Today’s students, at least those at ETSU, will have Bucstock.

This new music and arts festival sponsored by Buctainment will be held on the East Tennessee State University campus on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Twenty-one regional bands playing a variety of genres – such as rock, pop, hip hop, bluegrass, ska and more – will perform on three stages, located at the Amphitheatre, the Cave and the Cave Patio at the D.P. Culp University Center, and the Quad.  Some of those to appear include Rhyme Wire, Kryss Dula & Friends, Seasons of Me, Shortstop, Empty Bottle String Band, Rickshaw Roadshow, Wise Old River, Nomadic Minstrels, JV Squad, Break the Fall and more.

The final performance of the night at the Quad stage will combine live music with paint.  “Lucy Glow,” sponsored by ETSU’s Residence Hall Association and the Lucille Clement Hall Council, will feature music by the ska band Demon Waffle, glow sticks and free powder paint participants may throw at their friends.  Those attending are encouraged to wear “paint-friendly” clothing, and a limited number of free T-shirts will be given away.

Throughout the day, student artists will be set up all around campus to share their work and members of numerous student organizations will sell arts and crafts as fundraisers for their groups.

In addition, the Student Organization for Young Children will hold a Family Fun Day at Brooks Gymnasium and the Quad from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Slocumb Galleries, located in Ball Hall, will be open to showcase works by ETSU’s bachelor of fine arts degree candidates from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Food service venues scheduled to be open include the Treehouse Snack Bar adjacent to the Quad from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Starbucks in the Cave from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and the Culp Center Atrium during lunch and dinner.

Bucstock Weekend will kick off Friday, April 4, with an Open Mic Night from 7-10 p.m. in The Cave.  Student poets, singers, storytellers and rappers are invited to “step up to the mic” to share their talents with friends during this free public event.

Also during the weekend, Greyscale, ETSU’s jazz-pop fusion ensemble, will present its “Shades of Grey” concert in the Culp Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.  The program will include original pieces by members of the group, as well as covers of works by Coldplay, A Great Big World, One Republic, Michael Bublé, Journey, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and others.

“Shades of Grey” performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with valid ID and children under 12, and may be purchased in advance at www.etsu.edu/cas/music or at the door.

For more information on Bucstock Weekend, call the ETSU Student Organization Resource Center at (423) 439-6633.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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