Tonight the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center will blast a combination of sounds and genres through its doors as students gather for Soundfest 2013.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the Alternative Sounds and Concerts Committees of the Virginia Tech Union will host this free concert, featuring a series of acts that include GZA of the Wu Tang Clan, The Band Concord, Pyro, Ohio, Bluhax and The Maine.
“It’s sort of a way to thank the students for everything they’ve done throughout the year,” said Eli Edwards, the Alternative Sounds Director of VTU
Soundfest is an annual student-run show put on by VTU since 2000, and is intended to bring up-and-coming artists, as well as local bands of all genres to campus for the public.
Hundreds of students are expected to be in attendance throughout the night, according to Edwards. Last year’s Soundfest had over 1,000 attendees.
“It took months of planning, getting student input on what genres they’d like to see, and then looking for bands that would fit best in the show,” Edwards said.
This year’s lineup includes pop/rock, hip-hop, metal, and folk music, as well as a DJ.
GZA, founding member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, is one of the headlining acts, and will be performing his critically-acclaimed solo work.
The Maine, a pop/rock band which will be headlining Soundfest, recently announced that their fourth album, titled Forever Halloween, will be released this coming June. Smaller, newer bands will be performing as well.
“I thought it would be really cool to bring in local bands so that [they] get the chance to share the stage with national touring acts,” Edwards said. “It will also give them a new fan base and give people a chance to listen to them.”
One of the local bands that will be preforming a 30-minute set is The Band Concord, a Blacksburg-originated Americana band, made up of Tech students.
“I think it will be fun and there should be a big crowd,” said Spencer Pugh, lead singer and guitarist for The Band Concord.
Other local acts, Pyro, Ohio and Bluhax will join The Band Concord.
“Playing for the school will be really cool because we’re pretty new and it will be exciting to get our name out there,” Pugh added.
“I am really excited to get to listen to some awesome bands and hopefully get to see some real excitement from the students,” Edwards said. “It will be nice to see student appreciation and know that the students had a great time because it makes our work really worth it.”