Aggiefest offers varied music, art to attendees

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People crowded into bars and other Aggieville venues this weekend
to listen to live music from local areas during Aggiefest, held on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. until bar close and Saturday, Sept. 29
from 4 p.m. until bar close.

“Aggiefest was created seven years ago because of
the desire the local music scene had to want a music festival,” said Evan
Tuttle, director of the Aggieville Business Association.

Something that makes Aggiefest unique is that all of
the bands play completely for free. Money collected through the sale of wristbands go back into the fund for next year’s Aggiefest. There were
also three underage venues to attract people who are usually unable to go to Aggieville on weekends. 

“For bands, it can sometimes be very difficult to get gigs here in Manhattan,” said Jimbo Ivy, owner of The Hype Weekly. “Many of the venues here in Aggieville don’t believe in
live music. But these bands are good, and they need to be heard. Aggiefest is
the perfect place for some of these bands to be heard.”

Ivy said that this year’s Aggiefest featured some bands who had never played before, such as The Smoking Kills. There were also
bands whose members are students at Manhattan High School, such as Fuma and White.

For $20, attendees could see the 80 bands performing at eight venues, all of which are small businesses, throughout Aggieville over the weekend.

With genres ranging from acoustic to progressive metal
to rock, there was something for fans of every type at Aggiefest this year.

“I am excited to be here,” said Infierno Gatita, Junction City resident. “I have never been to something like this
before and I was excited about it. I moved here from North Carolina not too
long ago, so there are a lot of new experiences in store for me here.”

Danyelle Ratcliff, Junction City resident, said
there were a couple of genres she didn’t even know about before the festival, and she was excited to hear those bands and figure out what some of those genres were.

“No experience with these types of music, I think, is a good thing,” Gatita said. “Music is universal.”

Music wasn’t the only thing Aggiefest had to offer.
For the second year, Aggiefest showed artwork from local
and regional artists. Community members were able to meet with the artists and could purchase their work.

“Art was set up in the top floor of Auntie Mae’s,
in Big Poppi, in Varsity Donuts and in Varney’s,” Ivy said. “It is an
art crawl of sorts. It is the second year of having the visual arts side of
this and the first year the Beach Museum of Art has teamed up with us.”

The museum approached the Aggieville
Business Association and the Manhattan Music Coalition about working with them
to be a part of Aggiefest. Tuttle said music and art just kind of make sense
together.

Bands came from Manhattan,
Lawrence, Wichita and Kansas City to perform at the festival, as well as
artists from Manhattan and surrounding areas.
From music to art, Aggiefest offered attendees the unique opportunity to experience new forms and appreciate local talent. 

“I really enjoy seeing old friends,” Tuttle said. “It’s like a reunion of people who have been in the music scene for decades, as well as seeing all of the new talent this area has to offer.”

Aggiefest Venues
Triangle Park
Auntie Mae’s Parlor
The Dusty Bookshelf
The Beach Museum of Art
KatHouse Lounge
O’Malley’s Alley
Pat’s Blue Rib’n Barbecue
Mojo’s Beach Bar 

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