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Fox Fest broadens musical horizons in the Rollins community

WPRK held their annual Fox Fest this past Saturday on Mills Lawn. The line up for Fox Fest always focuses on local artists with alternative sounds and genres, and this year it featured Mag.Lo as an opener, Leisure Chief, Margaret Glaspy, and MnDsgn for the closing performance.

Fox Fest started at 4 p.m. and stretched until 10 p.m. Different vendors from local stores like Foxtail Coffee, Charyli, Sam Flax, and WoodRoze provided food, entertainment, and merchandise for onlookers in between performances.

Music Director for WPRK, Karina Andujar ‘17, explained the goal behind Fox Fest: “WPRK puts on Fox Fest every year to promote art, music in the Orlando community. So much of the station is run by a vibrant and strong community both within and outside of Rollins, and so we just want to bring all of that together and celebrate everything that’s going on in this amazing city. We do that by finding local artists… and also big, national bands too so that way we can really give back to our community that does such a good job of supporting us.”

Fox Fest has managed to embrace the artistic community of Orlando through the artists picked for this year’s event. Mag.Lo is an experimental artist based in Florida that opened the event, seeking to explore multiple genres like hip-hop, lofi, indie rock, and noise. Following Mag.Lo was Leisure Chief, a new-wave band with influence from funk, jazz, hip-hop, and soul, that travels throughout Florida spreading their sound wherever they go.

Margaret Glaspy made her way down to Fox Fest to sing selections from her new album “Emotions and Math,” showing the audience her insightful lyrics and rock-edge. Closing for the night was MnDsgn, or Ringgo Ancheta, from New Jersey, whose experimental beat-making has allowed him to collaborate with Stones Throw. All of these artists have music available on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, should anyone wish to hear more.

Fox Fest helped bring together the Winter Park community in an effort to support and recognize the talent of these artists. One student, Ginna Vick ’17, found this year’s event to be much more engaging than past shows. “Having it on Mills… [is] really important because it really brings the community together in a large open space… it honestly just feels like people are more willing to hangout and enjoy themselves, while past events have been less noticeable since they were hidden behind the bookstore,” she said.

Fox Fest ended after MnDsgn finished up at 10:00 p.m. As students left Mills Lawn, it was clear that the event was a success that helped pull together the Rollins community, while simultaneously representing artists from all over America.

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