September 15, 2000

Guster to Play Free Show For Fall Fest

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Guster, the popular music group which has released it latest album “Lost and Gone Forever,” will join fraternities and sororities Sunday as they celebrate Greek life during Fall Fest.

The event, which was formerly known as Fun in the Sun, will still take place on the Arts Quad, and will feature information booths from each of the 65 Greek houses. Local entertainment kicks off at 4 p.m. with Guster being featured later in the evening. Admission is free.

Fall Fest’s sponsors – the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Association (Panhel) and the Cornell Concert Commission (CCC) – picked the late summer date so that they could coordinate schedules with Guster.

“We really wanted Guster to come here; there’s a huge demand for it,” said John Wiseman ’02, promotions director for the CCC.

Guster has released three albums and is best known for songs “Fa Fa,” “Barrel of the Gun” and “Happier.”

“It’s all acoustic guitar and percussion and singing,” said Wiseman, who categorized Guster’s music as alternative-folk.

Two local bands, Poetic Alchemy, a hip-hop group, and Dan Brandy, who plays jazz-funk, are set to play in the early evening. In addition, the alternative band Granian from Washington D.C. will also be featured.

However, the music is only part of the event which “absolutely is a way to highlight the IFC and Panhel,” said Felicia Hunt, associate dean for fraternity and sorority affairs.

Instead of the carnival theme of past years, fraternity and sorority members will share what has made their experiences unique and rewarding. The information booths will be set up from 4 to 6 p.m. with Guster following at around 7 p.m.

“It’s our first official event so it’ll be fun,” said Lisa Feinstein ’03, a sister in Alpha Chi Omega. “I can’t wait to sing along with Guster.”

“The IFC, Panhel and the CCC planned this as a welcome event for the freshmen and a concert for all students and a celebration of fall,” Hunt said.

A rain location is set for Barton Hall.

Archived article by Beth Herskovits