Get ready for two days of music when Millersville University student organizations, Marauder Music Productions and Millersville’s Concert Committee host the second annual FestiVille on April 27 and April 28. The 2-day concert event will take place in Marauder Courts and include Millersville students as well as popular music acts. The weekend’s theme is Billboard #1 Hits.
This year, 90s rock band “Third Eye Blind” will headline day one of FestiVille 2018. The band made a name for themselves with hits such as “Jumper” and the #1 smash hit “Semi-Charmed Life.” The pop-punk band “The Wonder Years,” featuring MU alum Josh Martin, will open the concert.
On day two of Festiville, Millersville student commercial rock bands will perform sets of all #1 Billboard hits through the decades from the 1950s to the 2010s. These students have been practicing covers of hits in their Commercial Music class this semester. The headliner for day two of Festiville will be former lead singer and songwriter Dennis DeYoung of STYX who wrote 10 top 10 Billboard hits including the #1 hit “Babe” and popular songs such as “The Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away.” The Grammy Award-winning R&B funk group, “Dazz Band,” known for their hit #1 R&B/Hip-Hop hit “Let It Whip,” will also be opening up for the headliner.
Millersville President, Dr. John Anderson and interim vice president for finance & administration, Guilbert Brown will be performing with the student groups on the 28th. They’ll perform “Runaway,” which was originally a hit by Del Shannon in 1961 and again in 1977 by Bonnie Raitt. Anderson will play guitar and Brown will be on keyboard.
Festiville is completely run by Millersville students. They are responsible for choosing the artists, booking the acts, marketing, hospitality, negotiating and working the actual shows including mixing the live performance of the artists. Students from Millersville who are taking a Live Audio Class at Clair Global this semester will be handling most of the technical details of the shows.
Dr. Barry Atticks, assistant professor and coordinator of the Music Business Technology major at Millersville said, “It’s exciting to see the students involved in every aspect of producing a major concert event. The only real way to gain experience in this area is to do it in a real setting, working side by side with top professionals in the field.”
Both shows are open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the Millersville University Box Office or online.