Wow! April was the month to celebrate music. Two of the biggest California music festivals took place three weekends in a row.
Did you celebrate your first weekend of May at Cal Poly Pomona’s (CPP) first spring music festival, Rock the Commons?
The Bronco Events and Activities Team (BEAT) brought out six different performers, at this free event, for the CPP community to enjoy. The variety of genres brought by each performance made the Rock the Commons experience beyond comparable.
Under the gorgeous Pomona sun, attendees listened to the artists and had an array of booths to check out. BEAT provided stations for DIY tie-dye shirts, flower crowns, key chains and a henna and spray-on tattoo station.
After making these festival accessories, many munched on cotton candy or fruit, and slurped on (cycle-blended) smoothies provided by the cycling club. Additional booths included spin and win at the Associated Students, Inc. swag table, giant games, hammer slammer carnival game, ladder toss (aka “Hillbilly Golf”) and a frisbee obstacle course.
The ASI Art Program brought over “Willis the Whale” made of recyclable materials. Students took photos with Willis and enjoyed the mobile 3-D project. ASI, Campus Recreation also set up some fun outdoor sports games to be played after students pre-enrolled for the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC).
Kicking off the event, acoustic artist and fellow Bronco, Chandler “Keeks” Kikunaga, graduating liberal studies major, played covers on his guitar, bringing a feel good vibe to the Bronco Commons for participants and passersby.
Up next, Good Rocky’s Revolver brought their funky, bluesy, garage rock to the stage. If you like rock tunes circa 1960s, you need to check out these Pomona locals.
Go For Gold (US) was up next with lead singer, Collin Marchese, a CPP alum. Check out these pop punk fellas based out of Riverside; they have acoustic and full instrumental tracks on SoundCloud.
If electronic dance music (EDM) and/or house music is more your flavor, Broncos Louis Garcia, music major, also known as Ocean Roulette and Nick Monge, graduating music major, aka Scenic, gave us some awesome remixes to move to as well as a few of their original mixes. Fans danced and rocked out to all of these outstanding performers while anxiously awaiting the headliner, Michael Brun.
BEAT chairs Hana Kim, Jeff Cuevas and Nick Monge planned and coordinated Rock the Commons. Monge was so proud of the entire BEAT crew and told us “the whole team took on jobs outside of their prescribed duties and I’m so proud of how everyone stepped up and contributed in a creative way.”
The final product came together fantastically, Monge explained when orchestrating the event they collaboratively “decided to showcase some really talented veteran student performers, as well as bring in a big EDM headliner. Being able to bring Michael Brun to Cal Poly Pomona was a huge deal, considering his recent high-profile performances at Ultra Music Festival and closing out the Sahara tent at Coachella.”
Before the sun set for the night, BEAT set up the “Rabbit Hole” beside the Bronco Commons stage. What’s the Rabbit Hole? Grab a pair of diffraction glasses and enter this multi-colored string-light tunnel that gives you a whole new perspective on light and color.
DJ Michael Brun (Mi-kay-eL Brun), Coachella and Ultra Music Festival vet, closed the night with a once in a CPP lifetime set, co-performed with DJ Harry Bass from Third Party. Brun’s performance ended the event and established a new standard for Rock the Commons for futures to come!
Whether you attended, performed, volunteered or just passed by the event, it was exciting to discover new songs and artists. Rock the Commons was packed with up-and-comers and local artists who, in our book, are Coachella-performing worthy.
Kikunaga told me about his Rock The Commons experience, “Rock the Commons was an awesome event both as a performer and attendee. As a performer, I received VIP treatment like I was someone famous and that was pretty rad. The sound system that was setup was comparable to outdoor venues like Warped Tour and it sounded great. I had a great time performing and I really enjoyed the bands I did see!”
Garrett Gibson, second-year chemistry major, told me about his Rock the Commons experience. “I enjoyed Rock the Commons more than BroncoFusion because of the music.” Hanging out with friends, dancing and having good conversation is what attracts Gibson to the university events. After leaving the event, he was able to enjoy most of the show from his balcony since he lives in the Suites on campus. “I really thought it was awesome and the music was fantastic.” Gibson confirmed that if events continue to be as good as Rock the Commons – the “superb” music will draw more of the CPP community.
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Special thanks to all the performers, BEAT chairs and volunteers and Rock the Commons attendees! Everyone’s participation made this event possible. We truly appreciate every single one of you.
Final note from BEAT: To everyone who has come out to BEAT events this year, thank you for your support. Planning events is only half the battle; we need YOU there to make it an incredible experience. It’s up to every individual to demand the college experience that they expect, and together we can all make our time here the best years of our lives. BroncoFusion has been growing every year, and I can’t wait to come back as a Cal Poly Pomona alumni and see how far Rock the Commons progresses as the official CPP spring music festival.