Springfield, Ohio - The end of the school year brings many celebrations and that's why the Union Board at Wittenberg University plans WittFest, a party for the entire Springfield and surrounding community on Saturday, May 4. This year's theme, "You just can't ignore it" seems appropriate as musical groups are booked throughout the day and fun activities are planned for the young and the young at heart. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Stoughton Lawn, located next to the Benham-Pence Student Center on Woodlawn Ave. in the heart of Wittenberg's campus, a dozen bands take the stage one by one, jamming for 12 straight hours.
"We are so excited to offer this day of fun for the entire community, not just Wittenberg students, so if you like music, food and games in a festival atmosphere, WittFest is the place to be and be seen," said Katie Buchenroth, class of 2004, and member of the Wittenberg Union Board.
WittFest begins with some of Wittenberg's popular musical and dance groups. Just Eve, the women's a cappella group, takes the stage first at 11 a.m. followed by the men's a cappella group, Wittmen Crew at 11:35 a.m. Next up is Alpha Phi Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta performing a step show at 12:10 p.m., and then the stage is set for Wittenberg's Dance Company at 12:30 p.m. At 1:20 p.m. the Wittenberg Jazz Band performs, followed by the winners of Wittenberg's "Battle of the Bands", Infrasonic, at 2:10 p.m. and the Nick Strotz Band at 3:15 p.m.
The music continues with the soft rock band Genius of You at 4:30 p.m. featuring alumnus Nikolaus Pavloski, class of 2001, from Indiana, Pa. The band has recently signed to produce their first album. Then at 5:50 p.m. the rock and roll sounds of Knee Deep Shag will make you want to jump around. The Kalamazoo, Mich. band is heralded as one of the best live performers on tour this year. Taking the stage at 7:10 p.m. will be Mr. Flinchy, a brand new sound out of New York City, described as a groovy rock/funk band with super high energy. Get ready to experience the Manhattan rock outfit, Antigone Rising at 8:30 p.m. as they bring the voices of angels and enough brass and sass to thrill the crowd. They've opened for bands such as Lit and 7Mary3.
The headliners, American Hi-Fi, the Boston-based quartet described as a pop band with a hard rock edge, is best known for their top 40 hit "Flavor of the Weak." Bob Rock, who has produced Aerosmith, Motley Crue, and Veruca Salt produced American Hi-Fi's self-titled debut. The thirteen tracks on the CD showcase the band's songwriting, strong musicianship and pop sensibility. Ameican Hi-Fi will take the stage at 10 p.m.
The free outdoor music festival, WittFest, will feature food vendors, arts & crafts, T-shirt sales and several recreational games and attractions that will be fun for the whole family. For more information, contact the Wittenberg Union Board at (937) 327-7815.
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