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Previous Festival 78 winners perform and host music concert

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Previous Festival 78 winners perform and host music concert

Photo by: Travis Byerly

Photo by: Travis Byerly

Photo by: Travis Byerly

Jack Diederich, Staff Writer

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On Jan. 26, CSUSM Student Opener Winners for Festival 78 from last year (2017/2018), held their own festival called The Divine Collective Festival. This group of creatives launched their identity as @the.blind.vision as a response to an opportunity created by Cal State University of San Marcos ASI Campus Activities Board (CAB) last year.

 

ASI CAB implemented the student opener competition where many students submitted recordings and competed live to be chosen to open for Festival 78 headliners Phoebe Ryan, Kap Slap and Sage the Gemini. @The.Blind.Vision won the competition and had earned the opportunity to play the main stage.

 

The group carried the momentum from their successes at CSUSM and transcended their talents into film scoring a surf movie entitled In Dancing Days of Dawn. They hosted a massive art show with incredible artists from Los Angeles, San Diego, Florida and Oahu where they performed the soundtrack from the movie live for the fans.

 

The festival was held in the backyard of a mansion in Pasadena where  coordinators had strung colorful lights from lemon tree to lemon tree and artists spread their work throughout the yard in a harmonious display of expression. The narrative of the night seemed to be emphasizing a coercive environment and collective conscious for peers to calibrate to and operate under with one another. It was a night of listening, expressing, and accepting.

 

The group attributes their successes to the platform CSUSM created as Festival 78 inspired and motivated these students to express and expand. To maintain the momentum established last year, and to shed some light on our campuses creatives, ASI, the CAB, and CAFE (Creating Arts for Events) held another student opener competition where 15 artists performed. On Dec. 7 2018, ASI announced the student winners for the upcoming Festival 78: Rated-E b2b Hard Henry, Not for Sale and Renegade.

 

Will Festival 78 continue to function as a platform to catalyze and perpetuate our campus talents and will is this evolving music festival put CSUSM on the map as a breeding ground for creatives? Students, be on the lookout for tickets to go on sale @asi.csusm and experience the hype for yourself.

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