K-Fest Learning Experience

K-Fest(Keweenawesomefest) is an annual two-day music festival put on by MTU’s radio station, 91.9 WMTU, in MTU’s McArdle theatre. The event was this past weekend, and it was awesome! In being a member of the radio station, I was a part of the long list of people who helped to make the event happen. From marketing to production to loading in/out bands to anything else you can think of; it took a lot of people to make this happen. It took a lot of people outside of WMTU to make this event happen as well. I worked on the stagehand crew for the show. So basically, I assisted with setting up the audio stuff beforehand, and then tearing down and setting up the stage in between bands each night. It was a total learning experience for me. A lot of the things I learned were logistical things that make backstage tasks work. Running cable, setting up speakers, loading in gear, setting up microphones, etc, are only a small list of things I learned about during K-Fest. Needless to say, the event was a huge success. We had a great turnout both nights, for both DJ’s and bands. The performers were super happy with how they were treated, which is always good to hear. The entire production crew was awesome.

It’s so cool to be surrounded by people who want to do the same things that you do. Being surrounded by people like this is a recipe for success. When everyone is enthusiastic about a collective goal and will work hard towards that goal, it makes achieving the goal so much better. I can’t wait to be a part of this awesome festival in the future.

*Pictures begin chronologically from the bottom

“The Go Rounds” during their show Saturday night
“Alexander Lynch” performs Friday night
“Flitch” during rehearsal from Thursday night
View of the stage
View from the stage
Side view
Finishing setup Thursday night
Front of House crew
Running the lighting board
Setup begins
Prepping for setup
Audio crew
Audio gear
1st day of setup

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