Bowling for Soup to headline Music Fest 2012

July 25, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson

Bowling for Soup will headline this year’s Music Fest, which also will feature Gloriana, Tyler Hilton, Alexander Zonjic and Jeff Lorber, K’JON, HotSauce, and The Dumb Easies.

Bowling for Soup

Music Fest 2012 is set to take place Friday, Sept. 14, in the grassy area south of the Memorial Field House, adjacent to Centennial Mall.

The free, public event will begin at 3 p.m. with this year’s Local Band Challenge winner, The Dumb Easies, voted on by the Music Fest Facebook community. Thousands voted, and this band was chosen to kick off the event by playing its music — inspired by pop from the past – until 3:45 p.m.

“The Local Band Challenge allowed for the community to have a voice in the musical talent of Music Fest, and we are excited to have The Dumb Easies kick off Music Fest,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “The diversity of this year’s talent will attract a crowd of both student and community members that will come together to generate what we are anticipating to be the largest crowd at Music Fest to date.”

Next on stage will be HotSauce, an R&B band from Detroit that has been around since 2001. HotSauce will perform from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

K’JON will follow with more R&B from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Flute player Alexander Zonjic and keyboardist Jeff Lorber will play some smooth jazz for an hour beginning at 7:15 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Tyler Hilton will perform a few of his indie/pop songs. This jack-of-all-trades is both a singer-songwriter and actor, appearing on popular shows like “One Tree Hill” and in movies like the Johnny Cash biopic, “Walk the Line.”

Gloriana will bring some country music at 9:15 p.m. This Nashville-based band will play music that has been on the Billboard Country charts; their hits include “Wild at Heart” and “(Kissed You) Good Night.”

Bowling for Soup, the American pop punk band known for “1985,” “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” “Almost,” “Punk Rock 101” and “High School Never Ends,” will headline the show. The group will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. for the grand finale of Music Fest 2012.

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