‘Backstage’ features CSC students, facultyANDERS AX
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Nick Grasso, left, and Colin Kelly of Suskatune perform at Total Backstage Access in 2011.Looking for a music festival but don’t want to travel far?
Castleton State College will host its 11th annual Total Backstage Access concert Saturday, featuring the talents of nine bands consisting of students, staff, faculty and alumni.
The event runs from 2 to 11 p.m. and features an assortment of genres including rock, hip hop, acoustic, even “screamcore.”
CSC’s director of technical services, MacArthur Stine, said the concert was open to the public and “totally free.” He encouraged locals to join in, dance and have fun.
“It’s going to be really awesome,” said John Lucas, a theatrical design major and member of the CSC technical services crew. “It’s a whole new venue. There’s going to be a lot more flow going through. People will be more willing to stay and watch live music because they’re not taking a hike to get there.”
Unlike previous years, this show won’t be in the Fine Arts Center due to availability complications, but instead will take place at the Campus Center.
The new venue will feature two stages: one in the Fireside Cafe and one on the floor above. That way, crew members can swap out systems for one band while another plays. The music will literally never stop from 2 to 11 p.m. and there will always be something different to listen to.
Chad Voghell has been a key asset in helping to put together TBA since its inception in 2002. As a CSC alumnus and former director of technical services, it’s the first year he’s worked on the show from off campus.
“Yeah, its going to be kind of weird because I haven’t been there,” Voghell said in a phone interview. “But I’m using a lot of my former students to relay messages and help find acts for the show.”
TBA is the one time of the year when the technical services crew truly get to show off its talents in designing a show.
“It’s always been about them,” Voghell said. “Basically they do 150-175 events a year, that the department covers. ... They get to do a show the way they want to do it.”
Lucas agreed and is excited to feature tech services’ talents and design capabilities.
“TBA is like the best thing every year for tech services,” he said. “We love this. This is where we get to hang out and do things with our lives ... no limits. I can design the lights for the show with no limitations.”
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