“The beauty of the KXSU stage at Quadstock is that it’s going to be a combination of bands who are getting pretty big in Seattle right now and bands you’d be more likely to see on Seattle University’s campus,” KXSU’s Promotions Director Jason McCue said at the Quadstock reveal party last week.
Rick Reyes & His Band Which-Has-Yet-To-Be-Named
Seattle U Junior Rick Reyes will be debuting brand new songs with a brand new band. Working on a collective project has been giving Reyes a boost of energy, but the sound will stay true to his acoustic singer-songwriter roots with hints of jazz and blues.
Seattle U student Jonathan Dugger and his friends create music under the genre they refer to as “basement rock”. Their most recent release “Fine Art” features a psychedelic sound, with whispery melodies and fast-moving lead guitar licks. Their upcoming album, titled “Flavorfully Blue” will be released on June 9.
2017 Museum of Pop Culture Sound Off! Finalist Falon Sierra has an alternative R&B and neo-soul style. Her knack for lyricism is evident in songs like “Mr. Prez” which features cleverly embedded samples of President Donald Trump and asserts her legitimacy as a black woman living in modern America.
Emma Lee Toyoda emmaleetoyoda.bandcamp.com Lead singer and guitarist Emma Lee Toyoda, drummer Zeke Bender and e-fiddle bassist Khyre Matthews describe their sound as “sadgirlrock” and are excited to debut some new songs off of their upcoming album at Quadstock, as well as kick it with some “golden oldies”.
“I’m excited to play outside, hopefully it will be nice out, I’m determined to meet Sean Kingston.” Bender said.
Honcho Poncho is a local band earning a name for itself with its quirky marketing videos and fun American alternative rock sound. Lead singer and songwriter Sam Gelband hinted that a new album may be around the (Gel)bend, but for now, crowds are loving their November release “Late Night”, for its funky lyrics and dance- ability.
The KXSU Union Green Stage will also feature interludes by Seattle U student DJs Xander Kipp and Lone Human. There will also be a 50-foot inflatable obstacle course, and Seattle U Dance Marathon will host a dunk tank where students can pay to dunk their friends to raise money for Dance Marathon.
“The Union Green is going to be fun because it will be hopefully families and different people,” SEAC Quadstock Co-Chair Nakiya Baker said. “It’s open to the whole community.”
Seattle University’s Battle of the Band Champion Morado started as a cover band for The Strokes. What began as a cover band quickly developed into a four piece rock band signature for their high energy and tight sound. Songwriters Ray Molina and Fred Seymour, bassist José Chalit, and drummer Manuel Sigüenza plan to debut some new songs on the Quadstock stage. Morado champions the sentiment that rock music should belong to people of all identities.
Seattle rapper Sam Lachow uses his talent in production to lay down innovative tracks for his clever rhymes. His upbeat project “Friends, Funk & Liquor” would appeal to crowds who love Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf album.
Bibi Bourelly is from Berlin, Germany and is the songwriter behind songs like Rihanna’s 2015 hit “Bitch Better Have My Money”. This summer, Bourelly is going on tour with LIL UZI VERT. Her R&B trap sound is sure to bring energy to the Quadstock stage.
“She’s the kind of person that you want to be friends with,” SEAC Quadstock Co-Chair Sophia Androlowicz said.
Sean Kingston, a Jamaican- American reggae fusion rapper was discovered on MySpace in 2007. Best known for hits like “Beautiful Girls” and “Fire Burning”, Kingston is still working on new projects. His latest release “Chance” ft. Vybz Kartel (Prod. by Murta Beatz) showcases more electronic influence than earlier music.
“In sixth grade, I didn’t think that I would be booking this artist that were were dancing in my friend’s garage to. I didn’t think I’d be signing a contract with his name on it, but I’m so thankful and lucky I am and it’s really exciting,” Baker said.
Seattle U student DJ, DJ Naimada will be playing a “throwback” set on the Main Stage to accompany the throwback headliner.
Tickets are already on sale for Quadstock 2017 for $20 at the Hub Desk in the Student Center. Students who purchase tickets before May 12th will be entered in a drawing to win three individual 30-minute boxing sessions at local boxing gym Arcaro Boxing. Three winners will be chosen.
“I think music brings people together,” Baker said. “You can feel it when you’re in concerts and you can feel it when you’re just listening to music by yourself, it’s a very powerful thing especially when you put it on a university campus where SEAC already does so many things to promote community, and this is a really cool avenue to do that through music.”
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