EDGEFest 2012 — the eighth annual outdoor rock concert sponsored by Buena Vista University’s student-operated radio station, the EDGE (KBVU 97.5) — will benefit three area school and nonprofit organizations. The concert will start at 4 p.m. on May 19 at Sunset Park.
Area non-profits selected to receive a share of the proceeds from the event are Dollars for Scholars programs at the Storm Lake public schools and St. Mary’s to support scholarships for college-bound students who plan to major in the fine arts; The Bridge of Storm Lake, a youth and community outreach organization; and one Northwest Iowa high school music program, which will be selected on May 16 based on written proposals submitted to KBVU.
“EDGEFest is a tradition for all those in the area with a love for alternative rock music and indie bands,” says Miranda Klingenberg, station manager at KBVU and a junior digital media and English double major from Armstrong. “As for the KBVU executive board members, it gives us the opportunity to give back to the community and put our skills to use.”
Clark Kuhns, assistant station manager and a junior computer science/mathematics major from Little Sioux, says he is looking forward to the concert. “This year we have a much broader range as far as the genres of the bands we are bringing in,” he says. “We also tried to focus more on bands that KBVU and our board members know put on great live shows as another way to make the concert even better.”
This year’s EDGEFest business sponsors are Silk Screen Ink, Mo’s, Alley Cat Tattoo, Fitzpatrick Auto & Truck Center, Doll Distributing of Spencer, and Hy-Vee, which will provide food for sale at the venue. BVU sponsors include the ROTC, Office of Admissions and Weekend Programming.
EDGEFest tickets are $5 for the general public and will be sold at the gate. The first 100 ticket buyers at the gate will receive free EDGEFest t-shirts. The event is free to BVU students with an ID.
EDGEFest is a non-alcoholic event. No containers, coolers, or food—except refreshments sold by sponsors—are permitted.
The seven bands scheduled to perform are:
Index Case, a Des Moines-area rock band that formed in 1998. The band’s latest album “Augustagein” was released in 2010.
The Paramount (formerly Tribes), a metal-hardcore band from Grand Forks, N.D. The band releases its debut EP album May 18 on iTunes.
3 Wolf Moon, a band formed by two senior BVU media studies majors, Justin Klein from Hartley and Mark Haugen from Waverly. The band has a sound described as “Lonely Island meets LMFAO.” Justin and Mark write, record, produce, mix, master and dance along with all of their music.
Take Me To Vegas, a five-piece pop/rock band from Omaha that started in 2010, and has since played with such bands as The Dangerous Summer, Sparks The Rescue, .38 Special, and Cheap Trick.
A Causal Affair, a band formed in 2009 in Cedar Rapids. The band has shared the stage and opened for bands such as Chiodos, Bullet for my Valentine, and Destruction of a Rose. In February, the band released its first official music video for “The Key to Ignorance is Bliss” off of “The Further” album.
Blessed Are The Merciless (BATM), a band that arrived on the Omaha music scene in 2008. BATM has established the band as one of Omaha’s heavy hitters opening up for such national acts as Straight Line Stitch and Impending Doom.
BYLETH, a band also from Omaha that plays death metal with a pinch of black and core along with extreme shredding, talented drumming, and bone-crushing vocals. The band released its first album, “Scared to Death” in 2011.