Annual Spring Festival Shines on Music




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Rochester Institute of Technology’s annual Spring Festival, April 30 and May 1, brings a host of musicians to town.

Guster, a Boston-based indie rock trio, will headline the festival at 8 p.m. on May 1 in Clark Gymnasium. Touring in support of their latest album, Keep it Together, they plan to captivate the audience with mesmerizing vocals, guitar and bongo beats.

The three band mates met during orientation at Tufts University, in 1991. Through years of sidewalk busking, playing campus shows and releasing several independent releases, they’ve made a name for themselves on college circuit.

Matt Nathanson, a singer/songwriter originally from Boston, opens the show. His sixth album, Beneath These Fireworks, is on the Universal label. He has been described as a charming musician with strong, sincere lyrics and a unique blend of acoustic folk and rock ’n’ roll attitude. He recorded his first album, Please, as a college freshman in 1993.

Tickets—$20 for the public—are available at the candy counter, game room or College Activities Board office, all in the Student Alumni Union. Call 475-2239 to order by credit card.

Singer/songwriter Jay Hansen, performs at 3 p.m. on May 1 in Fireside Lounge in the SAU. Hansen’s music has been featured on the TV show Dawson’s Creek and on MTV’s Real World and Battle of the Sexes. His latest CD, Within this Process of Adaptation, blends elements of rock, reggae, funk and a little hip-hop. There is no charge for this performance.

The College Activities Board is sponsoring all performances. For more information, call 475-2509 or visit www.rit.edu/~cabwww/.