Co-headlining the annual spring music festival are modern pop singer Mat Kearney and folk and rock singer Matt Nathanson, who will perform at 8:30 p.m. on a stage in Myers Hollow, located in the heart of the university's picturesque 95-acre campus.
Kearney, a native of Oregon, is a modern singer-songwriter known for incorporating folk songs with rap-style lyrics while mainly keeping an acoustic base. Two of Kearney's songs were featured in the popular television series Grey's Anatomy, and his latest hit, "Nothing Left to Lose," has gained regular air play on the radio since its release in 2006. Co-headliner Matt Nathanson is known, according to his personal Web site, for his "beautifully cathartic songs that threaten to break your heart." Since 1993, Nathanson has released eight albums, and his songs have been featured in such popular television series as Dawson's Creek and Smallville.
Sponsored by Union Board, WittFest will feature musical acts in Myers Hollow throughout the day, including performances by such campus groups as the Student Dance Company, the Wittenberg Faculty Rock Ensemble & Entourage (WittFREE), Wittenberg's all-female a cappella group Just Eve and all-male a cappella group WittMen Crew.
In addition, the musical group Five Times August will also be part of this year's WittFest. Five Times August is the name of a project created by 23-year-old independent singer Brad Skistimas, whose songs have been featured on the popular MTV reality series Laguna Beach.
Other activities involving inflatable games will also take place from 1-6 p.m., including an obstacle course, jousting, boxing, a bungee run and a climbing wall. Novelty acts such as caricatures, rear sketches and henna tattoos will be available from 2-6 p.m.
Carnival food will be sold throughout the day, and students will be able to use their Wittenberg meal plan at the Dining Services meal booth.
"WittFest is a tradition that marks the end of another year at Wittenberg," said John Duraj, class of 2009 and co-president of Union Board. "It signifies the closing of a school year and the start of summer break.
"Union Board hopes to provide the Wittenberg and Springfield communities a day of fun and good times."
In case of rain, the festival will move indoors to the HPER Center. WittFest is a free event that is open to the public. For more information, contact the Wittenberg University Union Board at (937) 327-7816.
Written By: Cristina Recalde '08
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