Rock Fest 2009 rocks, rolls and raps into the Forum at Genesee Community College on Friday November 6, 2009. The student produced Rockfest brings an eclectic assortment of musical acts to the College with all proceeds benefiting the Western New York Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s Rockfest features rock, techno, blues, new age, rap and classic rock, as well as having two musical acts by Genesee faculty. Doors open at 5:00PM and is open to all members of the community ages 16 and up, identification is required.
Rockfest 2009 is presented by WGCC 90.7 FM, Genesee’s student-run radio station. Genesee students have been hard at work producing and fine-tuning the annual music tradition. From designing the advertising posters, to lining up the bands, to organizing the last minute details, students have been the center of this 24 year-old tradition.
“This year’s Rockfest is very different than last year’s,” Ben Nowacki, student coordinator for Rockfest said. “We wanted to broaden our audience base and bring in bands from all genres of music. Where else can you spend a Friday night listening to classic rock, rap, blues and techno all at the same place and while supporting a good cause?”
Pat McMahon, adjunct faculty member at Genesee and producer for the Breakfast Buzz morning show on 98.9 The Buzz, has been overseeing students throughout the entire process. “The students have worked really hard this year,” McMahon noted. “The lineup this year is fantastic and the students hope to get a great crowd for this rockin’ charitable event!”
This year’s lineup includes some local favorites as well as some well-known musical acts:
•P-Fame- Alexander Bussenger, more commonly known as “P Fame”, is an innovative artist on the rise from Buffalo, NY. Combining a unique flow with clever rhymes, he looks to rejuvenate hip hop with a breath of fresh air. http://www.wix.com/PFameMusic/P-Fameeee/Biography
•Sonny Mayo Band- Lead by Frank Mayo professor of Speech & Theatre Arts at Genesee for 21 years, features grooving blues tunes. http://www.myspace.com/sonnymayoblues
•The Red October- Underground rock band from Buffalo, NY has put out a six song EP that has been released on itunes and sold in the popular Hot Topic stores. www.myspace.com/TheRedOctoberNY
•Non – Applicable- Local rock band featuring Genesee Community College students.
•Golden Boi- Derrik Davis, Jr. A.K.A., “Golden Boi,” is the one of the hottest up and coming R & B artists and rappers in the Western NY area. He has connected with listeners by spitting a positive message over instrumental tracks that are catchy both melodically and rhythmically. http://www.myspace.com/goldenboiphraze
•Pam Swarts- An instructor of Digital Art at Genesee, Pam has been a staple in the independent music scene in both Buffalo and Rochester for a number of years. She specializes in distinctive, electronic beats featuring unique musical instruments - everything from a guitar to clarinet to children’s toys. http://www.myspace.com/pamelaswarts
“We really like to have fun here at GCC,” Ben said. “We want people to know that we have some really great opportunities at Genesee to get involved with something you’re passionate about. Rockfest is just one of the great events that students have a hand in creating and producing.”
The evening’s events start at 5:00 PM and run until 11:00PM in the Forum at the Batavia Campus. There will be a 50/50 raffle, giveaways, a silent auction and many vendors. General admission for Rockfest 2009 is $5 and $3 for Genesee students with a valid college ID.
For more information contact Ben Nowacki at 585-727-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org .