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A couple dances away at last year's Springfest celebration.
This year's Springfest begins Saturday morning.
By ak::s-rekE rice
Spring Break is over. People are
still recovering from Burnout Ugh
... but dont despair - there's
more fun on the way, and it all
continues with Springfest "89.
Saturday, the seventh annual
Springfest will kick off at 1 1 A5 am.
on the lawn in front of Connor
Residence Hall, better known as
YouH think you are at the beach.
It's a time for students to chill out,
lie out and bum out.
"Bring a blanket - come to lie
out and enjoy the music," said Kurt
Seufert, president of Henderson
Seufert expects a large crowd
- probably 5,000 to 7,000 party
goers will show up on Connor
Beach. They'll be listening to a
variety of music
For starters, Tequila Mocking
bird will entertain the crowd with
a little classic rock and roll. Eric
zogry, one of the members, is a
"If s been a tradition with the
Springfest committee to have the
opening band from within the
University," said Bobby Cagle,
president of Winston Residence
Uquid Pleasure gets on stage
next to treat the crowd with the
smooth sounds of their soul and
funk. "Uquid Pleasure has been a
mainstay band for Springfest,"
"Everyone seems to enjoy them
so we ask them back," added Cagle.
"We know a good thing when we
For 50s and '60s music lovers,
Doug Clark and Hot Nuts will be
performing as the third band.
New Potato caboose, the last
group to play Saturday, is a band
from Washington, D.C. Formed
three years ago, the band plays
to clubs and college campuses up
and down the East Coast.
Funny name, huh? The seven
member band takes its name from
a not-so-popular Grateful Dead
tune. They initially received atten
tion as a cover band for the Dead.
"When we put the band
together in college, the common
ground we had musically was a
selection of Grateful Dead tunes,
it's how we copped a groove, but
now it's become a whole lot more
than a bunch of cover tunes. Our
original music has become an
important part of our show," said
guitarist Don Laux.
fest: a beach invasion of bands and students
But to call them a cover band
now would be degrading consid
ering their formal musical training.
One of the members sang in a
baroque choir and three others
learned classical music at the
Catholic University of America.
Their success is obvious, because
the band is signing a multi-record
recording contract with Rykodisc,
a pioneer in the compact disc
industry that recently added
records and cassettes to become
a full-fledged format music label.
All aboard on the New Potato
Caboose - come listen to their
after the likes of the Dead, Uttle
Feat, Traffic, Warren Zevon and
While you're enjoying the bands,
pizza will be available to ward off
any hunger pangs you might have.
Domino's, which will be selling
pizza at Springfest, will donate a
percentage of their sales to
Henderson Residence College. This
money will be given to the Inter
Faith Council TO.
Although Springfest is not con
sidered a charity event, HRC hopes
to donate $1 ,000 to the inter-Faith
Council if there is enough money
left over after paying the bands
and other costs.
T-shirt sales will help to cover
these costs. The Residence Hall
Association is also helping Springf
est by giving the Springfest com
mittee $1,500. in addition, Student
Congress is contributing an addi
All systems are go for Springfest
. "89, with just a few reminders for
safe partying from the honchos.
"We stress not to bring S tyro
foam or glass to Springfest," said
Seufert. "We will have our staff
going through the audience to
check for any problems - there
will also be eight to 10 police
officers in check all day Saturday."
Sounds serious ... but the fun
will go on. BYOB is permitted (if
you're legal) - and no alcohol will
be sold on the premises, of course.
About parking: its going to be
limited on South Campus and
towing will be enforced if you park
in residential areas, Seufert said.
Choose walking more than
likely, it will be quicker and safer
in the long run.
Plan to make a day of it Sat
urday at Springfest "89 - and
you'd better make these good
times worthwhile. Exams are.
creeping up quickly!
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The unofficial sport of beer bunging will probably have an
Olympic-style competition this weekend.
Beach Blast: a bit of the coast comes to Caroli
By GUINEVERE ROSS
Dont even think about opening
that bookbag until Sunday night,
because the party doesnt end
with Saturday's Springfest.
Now, give in to the overwhelm
ing spring fever that's been nag
ging at you in your afternoon
classes, lock the books in the closet
for jut one more day, and enjoy
some live beach music under the
sun you've been dying to get
under since last week's incredible
All the sun and fun you've been
craving is promised to be served
up at the second annual Carolina
Beach Blast, beginning at 1 p.m.
Sunday on Ehringhaus Field. The
Beach Blast "89 committee has
been working hard for the past
six months and chairman Mike
Sullivan said he expected this year
to be as successful as the first Blast
For one thing, expect to hear
beach music until you cant shag
anymore, because three bands are
lined up for the party. They will
play nothing but your favorite
beach, top 40 and R&B. The Breeze
Band will begin the party at 1 p.m.,
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and The Entertainers will follow.
And after months of that door-to-door
T-shirt selling we just
adored, the beach band Chairmen
of the Board will play the party's
final set around 4:30 p.m.
Speaking of T-shirts, committee
member Greg Thayer, who is in
charge of sales, said the venture
was exceptional. "We ordered
1,000, and only about 175 are left.
We are thinking about a reorder
of 1 00, but the T-shirt people seem
tied up at this time." Leftover
shirts may be sold at the event,
Of course, no alcoholic bever
ages will be served, but those of
you lucky enough to be born
before April 9, 1968 and recovered
enough from Saturday are wel
come to bring alcohol - and leave
the glass containers at home.
And you are also welcome no,
expected - to consume huge
amounts of pizza and Coke, since
vendors will be selling both. But
if you get tired of eating and
drinking, there is a shag contest
for those serious beach souls who
have mastered the talent (or for
those who are convinced they
have). Chapel Hill's own WCHL is
giving away - you guessed it -a
beach trip for two. Sullivan said
10 couples would be chosen from
the crowd. Winners will be chosen
by crowd response.
like one wild outdoor
fling, conjured up by the sand- and
beer-loving Joej campus? well,
actually it was discovered by Mike
Sullivan, former governor of
Ehringhaus Residence Hall.
Sullivan said the idea was based
on the Emerald isle Music Festival,
a similar type of outdoor party
held in May on the North Carolina
Sullivan said h4 used to go to
the festival from his home in
nearby Swansboro. The festival is
one of the biggkt on the East
Coast, with abouti
With this in m
15,000 to 20,000
hd, Sullivan said
he talked to Ehringhaus Area
Director Gary Johnson. "Since
for North Campu
wanted something of its own.
like it is geared
;, south campus
After he gave me
the okay, l gave
myself a whole yaar to plan it
Sullivan said he a
who helped plan
ipoke with Steve
fche Emerald isle
festival, in April 1387. He said they
gave him all the
information he nqeded
"There is a lo
think about who
sort of thing. Fed
to get $500,000; hf liabilltv insu
ranee tor 24 nqUrs to protect
myself and our
Were not covert
sity liability." $
of band and
ition you dont
n planning this
example, l had
Sullivan said he then went to all
South campus and Scott Resi
dence College residence halls and
asked them to donate part of the
money they would usually spend
on programming to help cover the
costs of the party.
"A lot of people think it only
takes a month to plan this sort
of thing. A good example was the
North campus Last Blast, which
was probably planned very
quickly. It didnt do so wen because
it was held the weekend after last
year's big triple party. You have
to look at what other events are
planned around the same time
Sullivan mentioned the process
of getting a noise permit. He said
It took about a month to petition
the town council and to sell the
idea to the council. "Last year went
so well, though, that it was no
problem this year," he said.
Security, said Thayer, was no
problem last year either. "Every
thing went so well, we are not
anticipating any problems," he
said. Thayer is working with Beach
Blast security, and he said five
University police officers would be
on hand to make sure everyone
in the crowd stays offstage and
doesnt get too rowdy.
Cleanup last year, according to
committee member Donald Trull,
also went well. After some 6,000
people had been partying in one
place, some might have thought
the field would have been no less
than burned. But, according to
Trull, the area was cleaned an hour
and a half after the bands stopped
playing at 6 p.m.
if the town council was not
convinced by the behavior, then
it may have been swayed by the
Beach Blast generosity. Sullivan
said $2,000 of the proceeds from
last year's Blast went to the
Ronald McDonald House, a place for
out-of-town parents to stay while
their children are in North Carolina
This year, the committee went
a little further and now Domino's
and Coca-Cola are giving part of
their profits to the home. He said
he expected sponsors to donate
the same amount this year.
"I just thought that since eve
ryone is having a good time, at
least it can be shared." he said.
A good time can be had, but it
could be hampered if it rains. Trull
said that the committee didnt
know as yet what would happen
if there was bad weather.
"If it were to rain," said Trull, the
stage has a covering, so the band
could still play, we're hoping it
wont rain, but if it does, well see
how the crowd reacts."
Rain or shine, the crowd out
there should react and plan to
attend Carolina Beach Blast, a good
way to soak up some beach music,
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Dancing the afternoons away can be a good way to fight Spring
fever at Springfest, Beach Blast or both.