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Musicfest Rocks St. X for 20th Year

Date: 5/19/2006

Mark Motz

Musicfest Rocks St. X for 20th Year

The school was alive with the sound of music – to say nothing of the smell of scores of grills and the sight of students and staff enjoying a gorgeous spring afternoon – as Musicfest celebrated its 20th anniversary at St. Xavier High School May 19.


Breathing Room rocks the parking lot during Musicfest 2006.


Founded in 1986 – featuring such illustrious bands as Serenity Square, Crimson Harpoon, The Trocaderos, The Visuals, The Crunge, Liquid F, No Idea, The AOs, 4-Play and The Est – as the crowning moment of Music Appreciation Week, the annual spring party has shown no signs of slowing down.

Rex Holman (’87), one of the founders of the original event, recently said he was happy to hear Musicfest lived on and continued to thrive. “I can’t believe we ever got them to let us have an afternoon off to just play music, but it goes to show the school will let you run with a good idea, too. I’m glad they’re still doing. I’m pretty proud of that, actually. It was a lot of fun.”




“It was a great day,” said student council advisor Dave Eby. “Weather wise, I don’t think we’ve had one this good in a long time. And it was jammed out here (by the main stage). I think the kids were really into the music this year.

Bands including Breathing Room, Buffaloed, Assumptious Flake, The Frantic Lawnmowers, The Oui, Aridai, The WPB, Mysterious Briefcase, Mr. Bojangles and The Bombay Love Scandal performed on a dual stage set up in front of the new gym and a single smaller stage in the courtyard outside the science wing. Other less structured musicians plugged in and rocked out, or sat around and strummed, at various corners and courtyards all through the building and grounds.

In the parking lot enough grills blazed to make Bobby Flay dizzy. On them cooked such traditional fare as hamburgers and hotdogs, but also lobster, steaks, catfish, tilapia, marinated chicken and shrimp, salmon, filet mignon and even giant stuffed mushroom caps.

   Musicfest fare on the grill ranged from the standard hamburgers and hot dogs to surf and turf, as evidenced by this steak and lobster combo.

No less than two dozen cornhole sets appeared. There was a table covered in plastic cups as guys played (ahem) beverage pong without paddles. Lacrosse sticks and balls abounded, as did footballs and Frisbees. Inside, every basketball court was filled, and video games were set up in the new gym lobby.

Across the street, the Foreign Language softball team played its annual grudge match against the students from AP English. At least one enterprising young man had a swimming pool in the back of his truck.

Senior Alex Polley, at the end of the day loosening his shoes after a hard game of hoops, said, “It was a great day. We had a lot of fun.”



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