For students looking to relax before finals, the annual Spotted Cow Music Festival will take place Saturday, April 14, with music starting at 1 p.m. The bands will perform between Hodson and Evans halls.
This year’s headliner, Remedy Drive, will play along with 10 other acts.
The lineup includes:
1:00-1:25-Stay the Shores
2:20-2:45-All Changes Apply
4:20-4:45-Ken Folk and the Neighborhood Association
6:00-6:25-Jacob the Brave
6:40-7:05-Rubies & Rations
7:20-7:45-La De Les
The lead singer of Remedy Drive, David Zach, explained that the band just got done with a month-long West Coast tour and will be playing 15 festivals this summer, but Spotted Cow will be a little unusual, since it’s held on a college campus.
“The typical festival is a little different in that we’re a smaller band in the setup, and we’re playing with larger bands that have a lot more national success, but really, we don’t prepare any differently,” said Zach.
“I like playing for college-age people more than anyone else,” said Zach. “It seems like someone in their 20s or late teens kind of start to take a look at the way things are in the world and realize that there’s two paths to go.”
Brian Fannin, lead singer and songwriter for Stay The Shores, played Spotted Cow two years ago when his band was called The Colorful.
“It’s an honor to play a campus that honors music so much. To us as musicians, that’s one of our favorite parts of God’s creation. One of our favorite ways to watch glory go to Him, whether it be secular or Christian,” said Fannin.
Fannin said he’s also excited to be part of this year’s lineup: “I love Remedy Drive. I’ve met them. Great guys, great music, but we’re really excited to play with such a high caliber of local talent.”
Stay the Shores will be playing music from a newly released album, “White Snow, Red River,” and Remedy Drive will be playing music from the album “Resuscitate,” due out in August.
Spotted Cow is put on every year by the Student Activities Council. Event planner Nolan Moblo (jr) said there are a number of ways that SAC books bands for the festival.
“We send out applications to let people know that, ‘Hey, we’re looking for bands,’ and people contact us or sometimes we contact other people,” said Moblo. “When it comes to headliners, we do a lot of research trying to find out who’s available, try to find bands people would like.”
Although SAC tries to find a headlining band that would appeal to Indiana Wesleyan University students, only members are allowed to vote for who will be hired.
“If [students] have a list of bands they can pick from, if their band does not get chosen, most of the time they’ll be upset and disappointed, and they won’t end up wanting to come to Spotted Cow because of that,” said Moblo.
SAC is also renting a Euro-bungee and a rock wall for students. Moblo said Spotted Cow is a great way to end the semester.
Spotted Cow starts at 12:30 p.m. with lunch on the lawn, and bands will begin playing at 1:00 p.m.