Lincoln Fest brings, makes music

Students huddled in groups on the lawn of Old Main listening to the live music of Lincoln Fest held Saturday, April 20. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students huddled in groups on the lawn of Old Main listening to the live music of Lincoln Fest held Saturday, April 20. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Over the weekend, some of the first fittingly springtime weather complimented Union Board’s biggest musical event: Lincoln Fest, an annual music festival featuring both student groups and nationally-known bands.

The acts this year included the Moonshine Kids, senior Lauren Peper, Backronym, Of The Fact, Moonrise Nation, Dry Creek Station, Noah, Bloom, Turquoise Jeep and Dam Funk. Of the 10 acts playing Lincoln Fest this year, four were student bands.

Freshman Nathaniel Klaung plays guitar in alternative-influenced band Bloom, hailing from Rockford, Ill.

Bloom, which played directly before the biggest two acts of the festival, might have earned such high billing on the lineup because of its multiple performances on the Knox campus since the start of the year. The band’s performance pleased audiences, as it typically has with its heavier sound.

“I’d say people were more restrained during Bloom’s set, but I definitely liked seeing another student play at Old Main,” freshman Ben King said.

Also present was YouTube sensation Turquoise Jeep, a comedy hip hop act that has developed an Internet following since their video “Lemme Smang It” went viral last year. In keeping with the spirit of their videos, the group performed short skits between songs and participated in some call-and-response with the audience, running through newer songs such as “Treat Me Like a Pirate” and some of their most successful songs, including “Why I Gotta Wait.”

Freshman Angela McNeal, a huge fan of Turquoise Jeep since high school, has followed their career on YouTube for years. She was “quite surprised to see when they made it big enough to have their own record on iTunes” and was “very excited to see they were coming to Knox.”

On Saturday, McNeal spoke with the artists after their performance, took pictures with them and got onstage.

Dry Creek Station, well-known throughout central Illinois, performed at Knox Saturday, April 20 for Lincoln Fest. (Charlie Gorney/TKS)

Dry Creek Station, well-known throughout central Illinois, performed at Knox Saturday, April 20 for Lincoln Fest. (Charlie Gorney/TKS)

“People don’t judge you for those things at Knox, so I felt comfortable enough to do it,” McNeal said. “I thought they were the highlight. But I felt like every artist probably did their best job.”

Some were concerned with an incident that occurred during banter between two of their songs. One of the members of Turquoise Jeep was describing an encounter he had with a woman where he placed his hand on her in a sexual fashion. She asked him to stop. At this point, he requested that the crowd boo her for this. The crowd looked uncomfortable and very few boos were heard. There were also some students who left at this point.

Headliner Dam Funk offered a fairly different brand of music than Turquoise Jeep, the act preceding them. Dam Funk, a recent Coachella act, plays funk music and is well known for his keytar, giving lots of energy to the crowd Saturday after Turquoise Jeep’s already highly enthusiastic performance.

“He didn’t need crowd affirmation, he didn’t care,” sophomore Nicole Baldino said. “He jumped into the crowd with his keytar and was so full of energy. He was my favorite act of the day.”

Emily Madden
Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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