On Saturday, April 22nd, Limelight Music Group and Innovation House are hosting a music festival to promote some of Elon’s most talented student performers. The festival will begin at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Innovation House, located at 201 W. Trollinger Ave.
In addition to the student performances, Innovation House will be open for tours to interested students.
There will be food trucks, and the first 100 food truck tickets will be buy-one-get-one free.
Along with free music and food trucks, Limelight will also be raffling off a Firefly Music Festival ticket — an annual music festival in Dover, Delaware — to all in attendance. This year’s Firefly lineup will feature The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Ke$ha, Twenty One Pilots and Bob Dylan — just to name a few.
This festival is one of many showcases Limelight hosts throughout the year to promote their artists. At the beginning of each school year, Limelight signs student artists from a variety of genres to their label.
“Our goal is to function as a real world record label,” said Limelight president senior Claire Hasson. “We give both artists and people who are interested in the music industry valuable experience.”
Many of Limelight’s signed artists will be performing at the upcoming festival, including NYC-based DJ and producer senior Adam Freudstein — or as his fans know him: ADzMAN.
“I started making electronic music when I was 13 years old, but it wasn't until I went to Elon and joined Limelight that I was able to hone my craft,” Freudstein said. “Not only did they help me perform at local venues and events, but I've been able to grow my fan base and discover my sound.”
ADzMAN has performed numerous times at Elon and around the country and excited to debut some new music he has been working on at the upcoming festival.
“My sets are very energetic. I always try to throw in diverse and eclectic electronic music with popular or old school hip-hop tracks in my sets,” he said. “I also play my original tracks too, and most of the tracks I make have bass infused trap sounds with very melodic elements. I think it'll be a very fun and danceable set.”
Asa Goldstein, The Tripps, Judah, Generation Why, Tara Rose and Zen Marino will also be performing at the festival. Limelight executives are expecting between 200 and 300 students at the event.
Though Limelight plans many similar events throughout the year, their new partnership with Innovation House sets this music festival apart from the rest.
Sophomore Meaghan McCann, vice president of outreach for Limelight, lives in Innovation House this year and spearheaded the partnership between the two organizations.
“An issue that both Limelight and Innovation House have is that they aren’t well-known on campus,” McCann said. “I thought using resources from both would be the perfect opportunity to promote all our artists and make a name for both organizations.”
“It’s a good partnership to have because Innovation House is all about creativity. We have similar end goals,” Hasson said of the seemingly unlikely collaboration.
McCann is hopeful that those who come to the festival will be interested in touring Innovation House.
“Students will get to walk through most of the house,” McCann said. “The whole house itself was an old church that was redesigned to foster innovative thinking. A lot of the walls are made of whiteboards so that we can brainstorm ideas.”
As one of Elon’s two entrepreneurship-themed communities, Innovation House provides a residential space for sophomores, juniors and seniors who endorse entrepreneurial thinking.