For those who hold the Spring Music Festival dear to heart and are involved in the planning process, the festival becomes more than a tradition, but also an opportunity to show what Hofstra PRIDE is truly all about “and I hope that students,” says Program Advisor Michael Caputo “appreciate just how unique that is.”
Michael Caputo, along with Sarah Young, is in charge of overseeing the planning process of the Spring Music Festival being that the event is student run. Then, the students have the liberty of planning the event itself, determining what they would like to see and go about making it happen, which is where the Office of Student Leadership Activities (OSLA) comes in.
Caputo and Young, from OSLA, are in charge of providing general oversight when it comes to making vendor payments, facilitating contracts and providing work orders; which, is described by Caputo as “the most tedious part of the job.” On the other hand, he says, “the most enjoyable part is actually seeing the event occur and watching the students enjoy the day that they have planned.”
Ironically, although the unfolding of the planning process the day of the event is rewarding for both the adults and students involved, the student organizers say that the day of is equally, if not more stressful. Specifically, Julia of Hofstra Concerts, states that the day of the festival is when the literal unfolding of the stage, tents and games takes place hours before the event. Then, the students are also working throughout the event itself ensuring the safety on the field and making sure the program is running smoothly. Finally, they briefly enjoy bits of the performances and go on to break down all that they set up after every person has left their mark with left behind napkins, empty cups and inflated beach balls.
Still, both student organizations involved in planning MusicFest, Hofstra Entertainment and Hofstra Concerts, showed genuine excitement and passion for this past Saturday’s festival. Also, they were able to contract a wide array of artists including a gentleman who calls himself Joey Bada$$, a small arising band named Persona and musical duo from Ohio, Twenty One Pilots. In addition, although they did not release the name of the headlining band when asked weeks prior to the show, Third Eye Blind was the grand finale of the evening.
Essentially, although the planning process is a 365-day process, which includes attention to details such as contracts and artists bids, the “MusicFest is a tradition that is very significant;” says Michael Caputo “it provides students with an end of the year celebration and gives students a few more happy memories to take with them into summer.”
This year, as I stood along many seniors who were experiencing their first and last MusicFest, I was able to see what Michael Caputo meant. From henna tattoos to singing along to Jumper by Third Eye Blind, the 2013 Spring Music Festival was full of adventure, leaving students refreshed and joyous as they headed towards their dorms to study for the finals week that lied ahead.
Furthermore, we were able to experience time together as a community thanks to the environment that the hard work and efforts of Hofstra Entertainment, Hofstra Concerts and the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, and for that- we are truly grateful.