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ETSU kicks off first annual Bucstock

By Laura Traister
On April 6, 2014

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In 1969, Woodstock, a legendary three-day music festival, took place in New York. This past weekend, Bucstock got started on the campus of ETSU.
The last of four theme weekends this semester, Bucstock, ETSU's Music and Arts Festival, was kicked off on Friday night with an Open Mic Night in the Cave. Participants were invited to sign up to perform poetry or music, or to tell stories. Several people stood up to do spoken word poetry, sing and play guitar, sing a capella, and even dance.
The main performance was given by Kiya Lacey, an artist from Nashville, and her band. This weekend was the group's first trip out of Nashville to perform. ETSU was one of five stops this week for them.
The festival started on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. after campus organizations set up tables containing posters and pamphlets about their groups. Many groups were selling baked goods, artwork, and even Frisbees.
About 20 musical performances took place all across campus at the Amphitheater, the Cave, and the quad. This way groups could perform simultaneously and people could wander from one area to another while listening to live music and exploring the organization fair.
Various musical genres were represented, from folk to hip hop to punk to a capella.
A wide range of student organizations participated in Bucstock, with Buctainment driving much of the action.
Gabe Bolling, the graduate adviser for Buctainment, stated that the purpose of Bucstock "was to provide a safe and fun way for students to enjoy their weekends, work with the universities' initiative to encourage students to stay on campus during the weekends, and to showcase talent from around the region."
Bolling helped with the preparation in many ways, including finding people who would perform at the event and planning the day's schedule. He also credited Piriye Bamson, Buctainment's weekend programmer and said that "all of the work for [Saturday] could not have been completed without help from Technical Services from the University Center staff and Audio Video Integration, as well as the student volunteers from various organizations."
Places that are usually closed on Saturday, such as the Treehouse Snack Bar, Slocumb Galleries and the Atrium in the Culp Center were opened especially for this event.
Those who attended seemed chilly in the morning, but as the sun heated up, so did the activity, which did not close down until 10 p.m.
Families with children turned out for Family Fun Day, an event that lasted a few hours and was put on by the Student Association for Young Children.
As the weather warmed up, people tossed Frisbees, played with their dogs, perused the art displays or just sat back to enjoy the music. "We could not have asked for a more perfect day for it to happen," Bolling said. "Everyone who I talked to, including the bands, stated that they had a great time and would love to perform for the campus again. I think Bucstock brought not only a lot of fun to the campus, but also a great venue for the students and student organizations to interact in a friendly environment and have fun while supporting artists from around the region.
"We have already begun discussions on how to improve the event venues and other details for next year's Bucstock."

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