California State University, Northridge’s Associated Students (AS) welcomed approximately 750 students, faculty, staff and community members to the first-ever Sol Fest — a celebration of local music, art and food — on April 7.
The goal of Sol Fest was to “bring a multi-stage music festival-style event to campus that featured a variety of music genres, [that is] free to students and the community to attend,” said Kira Paczkowski, program advisor for AS Productions.
The event accomplished this goal, said Encino resident Donna Rosenberg.
“A friend of mine goes to CSUN and invited me to Sol Fest earlier this week,” Rosenberg said. “At first, I was skeptical because I was like, ‘I don’t go to CSUN. Won’t I feel left out?’ But once we got here, I fit right in and I really liked that.”
The festival featured local food trucks, including Epic Tacos, Dulce Europa Shaved Ice and Fries N More, as well as local art by CSUN students.
The main attraction, however, was the bands. In order to accommodate more performances, Sol Fest featured two stages: the Sol Stage and the Luna Stage.
Sol Stage performances included bands such as Mesophyll, Ariel View and FOTRAX, while bands such as Spookydelics, The Cozzmos and Beachwood Coyotes performed on the Luna Stage.
Communication studies senior Yaniv Raymond said that he was pleasantly surprised by the bands’ performances.
“I didn’t know what to expect going in, because they were local bands and I hadn’t heard of any of them,” Raymond said. “But they were all pretty good, especially Ariel View. I thought it was really cool that their band members were all women because we don’t see that often.”
AS plans to make Sol Fest a production staple and will be hosting the event next year, Paczkowski said.
“We are planning on Sol Fest 2019! [The] future direction for Sol Fest is to gain club and [organization] participation, and find more ways for students to get involved — whether that is through music, art, volunteering or tabling,” she said. “These campus events give our students tangible experiences in the music industry field that they can take with them when they graduate.”
Ultimately, Paczkowski added, the goal of AS is to make Sol Fest “a tradition on campus that students and the community look forward to each spring.”
For more information on AS Productions, please visit https://www.csun.edu/as/productions.