Hofstra Music Fest 2018

Hofstra’s Music Fest was an exciting time for everyone that showed up there. Hofstra Concerts put together a great show and tactfully organized 5 separate acts.The performers were Aaron West, The Last Great Kings, CRUISR, Kirk Knight, and the headliner was PVRIS. The most notable performance for Hofstra students was Battle for Music Fest Winners “The Last Great Kings”. “The Last Great Kings”, like most college bands, were very humble and were excited to perform at their biggest venue yet in their young careers.

Their lead guitarist, Tommy O’Connor, was able to give Required Radio a minute to talk about the scale of this performance, “This is miles different from anything we’ve ever done… we’re not used to having other people help us set up; when we brought our equipment and people were like, ‘no we’ll take that for you’, it was a big thing and we were like, ‘no we can do it’, and they said, ‘no let us help you…it’s the professionalism, it’s just like…I feel like a real band”.

The Last Great Kings got pretty raucous applause, especially from Tommy’s fraternity brothers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After The Last Great Kings’ performance, CRUISR came up to rock the stage. The gave a shout out to headliner PVRIS, with their lead guitarist and vocalist Andy States saying how the two bands are really good friends. Guitarist Bruno Catrambone elaborated on their relationship, telling Required Radio, “Yeah…they’re really cool, we toured with them and became friends as a result”. Some of the most exciting moments of CRUISR’s show was that they played some unreleased songs, which were a special treat for the Hofstra faithful.

CRUISR’s unreleased tracks hyped up the audience, but the two leads jamming back to back peaked the excitement of the crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Radio contributor DJ LIV provided some mid-act entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The headliner of the show was PVRIS, who expectedly drew the largest crowd. One of the best moments of their whole act was when lead singer Lynn Gunn started drumming with drummer Brad Griffin;

PVRIS was a fantastic act, and the student were really getting into the music and were incredibly engaged in the performance. PVRIS even came back on for an encore after their last song. Gunn also gave out some of her guitar picks, and Griffin threw his drumsticks into the crowd.

All in all, Hofstra’s Spring Music Fest was the most exciting moment of this semester. It lived up to the billing of being a very hype concert and the feeling was that everyone who went went home satisfied.

The Coffee House

Jasmine Jones brings you the Coffee House where she gets live footage from some of the best up and coming artists. This episode features a young man by the name of Tommy O’Connor, a fantastic guitarist. For more live music keep it locked in to Required Radio at requiredradio.com

https://soundcloud.com/required-radio/coffee-house-ep-1-tommy-oconnor

The Clubhouse

Check out The Clubhouse with Gabriel Salzman on Required Radio! In this installment, Gabe talks with a player from Hofstra’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. For more episodes of The Clubhouse, keep it locked in to requiredradio.com

Bad Mary Interview

Bad Mary is a punk band created in the New York area. This four-piece act consisting of friends and family is guaranteed to always put on a killer performance whether hanging in studio or rocking out on stage. Since the 2014 release of their debut album “Better Days”, they have been continuously booking gigs and blowing crowds away.

Last week, Colette got a chance to catch up with the band, and see what they have been up to this past year. The band talks about their origins, playing live shows, recording “Better Days” and much more! Hear the full interview on our soundcloud or right below.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 11.31.47 AMCatch the band live!

  •  Tuesday 3/17  – Hofstra University Spiegel Theater (Hempstead, NY)
  •  Sunday 4/12  – Revolution Music Hall (Amityville, NY)

For more info on Bad Mary, head over to their website www.BadMary.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/required-radio/band-mary-interview

“Doc Martens and fishnets, ninjas and zombies, crunchy guitar and funky drums, what more could you want? Bad Mary plays high-energy, danceable punk that’s fast, loud, and fun.” -BadMary.com

Mike Tedesco Interview

Mike Tedesco is a musician hailing from Connecticut. He is the lead singer/pianist of the New York based band, Tedesco. Mike was kind enough to sit down with Required Radio producer, Colette, to discuss his music, band and future plans. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the live interview, check it out on soundclound!

soundcloud.com/required-radio/mike-tedesco-interview

 

Mike has been constantly playing live shows over the past year as a solo act and alongside his band. If you get the chance, go check him out at a show. We promise you will not be disappointed! Mike Tedesco

reverbnation.com/tedescomusic

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5/22 Bowery Electric – New York, NY

7/31 Webster Hall – New York, NY

9/30 Mohegan Sun (Wolf’s Den) – Uncasville, CT

 

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