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Fools of April Returns to Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - April 1, 2016

La Cocinita, Kenny's Cajun and Creole Food, Dat Dog, Crepes a la Carte and Plum Street Snowballs are all setting up shop at Loyola’s second annual Fools Festival

It’s back! The second annual Fools of April Music Festival slated Sunday, April 3 at Loyola University New Orleans will feature more than 10 bands—most led by students and alumni from Loyola’s brand-new Popular and Commercial Music program and acclaimed Film and Music Industry Studies Program, where students learn skills for entrepreneurial success in the creative professions. The live music extravaganza will include popular local food vendors, a student organization showcase, and a dunking booth where students may dunk their favorite FAMIS professors. All proceeds will go to the University Counseling Center.

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 of Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. In case of rain, the festival will be held in Loyola’s West Road Garage and the St. Charles Room located in the Danna Student Center.

The festival is sponsored by Loyola University, Smithstag Law Firm, Loyola Student Government Association, and NOLA Sound, the student-led audio support company. NOLA Sound is providing audio support.

No one will go hungry either. Local restaurants and food vendors La Cocinita, Kenny’s Cajun and Creole Food, Dat Dog, Crepes a la Carte and Plum Street Snowballs are all setting up shop at Fools.

“It’s for the students and by the students,” said senior Music Industry Studies major Adam Gerber, who coordinated the inaugural Fools event in 2014 with fellow senior Mary Beth Maggio. “It’s a celebration of the abundant musical talent at Loyola and a chance to come together as a campus, have fun and build the student community.”

Sophomore music industry students Roger Siever and Amanda Seal are now leading this year’s festival.

Under their direction, headlining student bands include: Naughty Professor, Caddywompus, Stoop Kids, Grotto Girl, Elysian Feel, Froyo Ma, Alfred Banks, Hound, The Shady Bunch and Josh Goins. The Loyola Jazz Combo will also perform.

Siever and Seal 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 and performers.

“The festival gives students a chance to exercise on campus the music industry skills that they learn in the classroom,” Gerber said. “Those skills range from auditioning and performing … to event production, management and marketing.”

For more information about the festival, visit the website.