Bands from various genres will come together for a concert, blending their talents into a musical melting pot for students.
Soundfest 2011, sponsored by Virginia Tech Union, is a free annual concert that will be held Friday in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m.
According to Chris Brause, VTU director of alternative sounds, the concert is a way to bring out a diverse community of students and expose them to a wide range of music.
Last year, the event hosted around 500 students, and Brause hopes to surpass that number with this year’s lineup.
Soundfest will host five bands from different genres this year, including headliner Parachute.
Parachute, native to Charlottesville, is a local favorite that has been steadily gaining fame and recognition. The pop-rock band has toured with popular bands and musicians, such as O.A.R, Switchfoot and Kelly Clarkson. The group will continue its success this summer as it goes on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch.
Will Anderson, the band’s lead singer, expressed his feelings about collaborating with popular artists.
“Touring with big names seems like a normal thing now, but every time we take a step back it is really awesome,” Anderson said.
Parachute will launch its second album “The Way It Was” May 17.
“This album is more organic than the last — we want it to sound like a real band,” Anderson said. “It is a giant difference — an overall better album.”
Although it may not be a huge, acclaimed tour with other big name stars, Anderson is excited to perform at Soundfest.
“College shows are very different from club shows,” Anderson said. “It is more loose — more relaxed.”
The other bands performing at Soundfest each represent different styles and genres of music, including electronic, classic and pop rock.
The Clap, The Snaps and The Chair, a local Blacksburg band, will kick the concert off, followed by Brenn, an electronic rock band from Nashville, Tenn. The London Souls, a smooth classic rock band, will take the stage next.
Terrible Things, another band to perform, is a newly formed group with a similar pop-rock style to Parachute. The band was formed in 2009, with former members from Hot Rod Circuit, Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria.
Brause is excited for the bands to come together and provide a unique musical atmosphere, giving a variety of sounds.
“The high point for me is going to be seeing the bands on stage,” Brause said. “And the students rocking out and having a good time.”