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Fools of April Music Festival features student bands, food and more

April 4, 2014

The Fools of April Music Festival Sunday, April 6 at Loyola University New Orleans will feature more than 10 bands—most led by students—for a live music extravaganza spanning two quads on campus, including local food trucks, a rock climbing wall, a “mindful eating” kiosk sponsored by Sodexo, a student carnival showcasing student organizations and even hearing protection awareness demonstrations for those aiming for a career in the music industry. The festival is free and open to the Loyola community and is set for 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Peace Quad and Residential Quad. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the West Road Garage and the St. Charles Room located in the Danna Student Center.

The festival is sponsored by Loyola’s student-led radio station, Crescent City Radio, along with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Loyola's Department of Music Industry Studies. NOLA Sound, the student-led company, is also providing audio support. Registration will also be available at the festival for a blood drive the following day, Monday, April 7. The drive, which benefits children with leukemia at Children’s Hospital, takes place in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s for the students and by the students,” said sophomore Music Industry Studies major Adam Gerber, who is spearheading the event with fellow sophomore Mary Beth Maggio. “It’s a celebration of the elements of the Loyola campus that often get overlooked like the bands that are so talented. It’s giving a chance for Loyola students celebrate what we love about Loyola’s campus.”

The student bands putting on live concerts throughout the day include River Show, Donovan Wolfington, Bantam Foxes, The Wooden Wings, Stoop Kids, Dominic Minix, The Fake Carls, Paper Bison and Noruz. Two other bands will also play, including Loyola alumni-led Dirty Bourbon and New Orleans-based band Cliff and Sasha.

Gerber and Maggio have been using the skills they learned in class to plan and execute the music festival. The effort will bring together 50 to 60 Loyola student workers.

To round out the festival, the students are combining the live music and other entertainment with a hearing awareness demonstration, which is especially important for musicians who are routinely subjected to loud sounds.

“For someone who wants to work in music, your hearing is your biggest asset,” Gerber said. “There’s a really simple remedy to save your hearing for the rest of your life.”

That simple remedy comes in the form of wearing earplugs—something Loyola’s Department of Music Industry Studies strives to instill in its students.

“We’re concerned about the hearing health of our students,” said Loyola Music Industry Studies professor John Snyder. “You have to be careful to subjecting yourself to high sound levels.” The average concert at Tipitina’s in New Orleans can reach 90 to 110 decibels.

For more information about the festival, visit the website.

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