Published: Mon Apr 14, 2014
The festival starts at noon April 26 in TTU’s Sherlock Park with Lakeside, a band from Cookeville High School, on the main stage and the Tech Players performing improv on the acoustic stage.
“Tennessee Tech is in the heart of Cookeville, and we wanted to continue this event to bring the community and the college closer together,” said event organizer Emma Judd, TTU graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. “Last year, we estimate that we had about 1,000 people come through during the day and we expect more to come this year.”
In addition to the two music stages, TTU student organizations will have tables and activities set up along Sherlock Park, which is off Willow Ave. There will also be bounce houses and children’s activities.
The event is free, and attendees are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to listen to the music. Bands will be playing mostly bluegrass and folk, as well as some jazz and alternative.
After Lakeside, the main stage lineup will be Cookeville-based bands: The Mockingbirds, jazz band The Leave, Kory Wheeler, and Ben Higgins and the Daily Vibe. Nashville-based The Vespers, Neulore and Humming House will take the stage later in the day. Neulore has been featured on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Humming House will headline and go on stage shortly before 8 p.m.
“Humming House has grown to be popular on campus after their last appearance here,” said Judd, who is working on her master’s degree in counseling. “We do have three bands coming from Nashville, but we do like to showcase local bands and local talent.”
The acoustic stage will have performances by TTU alumna Jesse Nance, Amanda Beard, Graceless, Kevbo Searle and Phantom Farmer.
The event is co-sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, which will host a booth of activities to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Tech Activities Board, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Underrepresented New and Creative Live Experiences, the TTU Student Activities Office and the Student Government Association.
Like all campus events, the Spring Awakening festival will be alcohol and tobacco free.