Now in its 14th year, Willamette University’s “annual Earth, art and music festival” Wulapalooza is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 with a headlining lineup including nationally recognized buzz bands Yacht, School of Seven Bells, The Helio Sequence and Craft Spells.
“Our organization hopes to provide a day in which students can relax and have a good time before finals and the end of the year,” said student organizer Jillie Jennings. “We also strive for this event to be very community-oriented and bring people together from Willamette (University), Salem, and Oregon at large.”
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. around the campus and is free for all, but donations are accepted for various charitable foundations. The headlining bands are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and last until the end of the festivities. Besides the aforementioned musical groups, Jennings says the festival “has an art and earth component, and unlike many other festivals, showcases student talent in addition to professional bands.” Willamette also will have several games and earth-and art-themed activities, booths and food carts on location for the occasion.
Over the years, Wulapalooza has evolved from booking popular local bands to regional touring acts to nationally recognized performers. Electro-pop duo Yacht, whose 2009 release “See Mystery Lights” was praised by The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork and alternative rockers/Beaverton, Oregon hometown heroes The Helio Sequence are signed by legendary Northwest record label Sub Pop.
Notable performers at Wulapalooza in recent years include Das Racist and Horse Feathers in 2011, Portugal. The Man, The Dodos, Japandroids and Typhoon in 2010, The Mae Shi and Mirah in 2009, The Blow, Panther and Blitzen Trapper in 2008, and The Long Winters and Viva Voce in 2007.
“All of the bands are chosen as a collaborative effort,” said Jennings. “Our music committee and co-chairs bring ideas to the group and ask the group for other ideas … Bands are chosen based on price, availability and of course, their music.”
For additional information about Wulapalooza — including a complete schedule of the event — visit its Web site at www.Willamette.