Although low attendance, the Bumstock Meeting that took place Wednesday was eventful.
Bumstock Director Elizabeth Hansen chatted before the meeting with her fellow Executive Committee members on ways to raise attendance at the DJ Tent. Suggestions such as more advertising and a different style tent were mentioned.
Once Hansen, Chief Music Officer Colin Atwood and Student Entertainment Vice President Josh Luce were sure that the few students that came to the meeting were going to be the only attendees, they plugged in a small boom box and began.
Hansen passed out a sheet of paper with 10 bands and two DJ’s names and proceeded to play two to three songs by each for the members of the General Committee to review. The bands and DJs that were reviewed were Emilia Dahlin, Headstart!, Alteria, Face First, Yearbook, Vague Valentine, Random Logic, Averi, The Murder Weapon, Slowcoaster, Jack’s Wild, DJ Kid Syndrome and DJ Tim D.
Other bands such as Low Millions, Filomath, Skawabunga, The Futureheads, Murder By Death, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Flogging Molly, Rahzel, G. Love, and Andrew WK were suggested by the attending members of the General Committee.
Despite the lack of attendance, the members of the Executive Committee present said they were open to suggestions and promised they would consider all feasible bands. They also said that they’re interested in making Bumstock a festival with a greater variety of genres. Not just hip hop, just punk or just jam bands, but instead a mixture of those genres and more.
Joining the meeting were station manager and program director of WMEB Tom Grucza and Alfred Schulz. Grucza said he hopes the committee remains unbiased.
“There is a lot of good local music that was suggested today, some of it better than others, but I think it will still be hard for the committee to choose this years line up,” Grucza said. “Hopefully it won’t come down to people vying for their favorite genre, and hopefully they’ll take time to look at the big picture.”
WMEB is making an effort to be involved in this year’s festival so as to clear the bad blood that was created by last year’s festival.
Next week’s meeting of the General Committee is slated to begin later than past meetings to accommodate for those who have afternoon classes. Hansen is planning on a Thursday meeting at 6 p.m.