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"Music on Main" Festival Caps Off Street Fair

On Saturday, June 9, Music on Main started with a bit of hiccup—the weather took a turn for the worse right at the end of Yellow Springs’ biannual Street Fair. As storms moved through the village right around 5 PM, visitors and villagers alike scurried to their cars or inside their homes. The ticket tent for Music on Main, set up near Red Square, blew away in the storm. A student volunteer drove over to the Antioch Farm to grab cinder blocks to secure the tent and as the weather cleared, Music on Main volunteers geared up for the evening’s entertainment.

Led by students, the first ever Music on Main was a campus-wide collaboration. Students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time from planning to execution to make the event a success. The event was a production by the Antioch Creative Collective, a student group spearheaded by Marcell Vanarsdale ’18 as part of his self-designed major in "Experiential Communications through Organizational Leadership." Marcell created a business plan for Music on Main under the guidance of Professor Kevin McGruder as part of his self-guided studies. Students and staff, including Mary Evans ’21, helped promote the event through press releases and social media. ACC members raised money to put on the event through local sponsorships. ComCil treasurer AJ Founts ’18 set up the point-of-sale system to accommodate credit card payments for at-the-door tickets, served as a liaison with the finance office, and established protocols for cash handling and accounting. Event Committee coordinator Meli Osanya ’18 managed volunteers and day-of logistics, from ticket sales, set up and clean up, and ensured everyone’s safety at the event.

The Yellow Springs News picked up the story and featured Music on Main in the paper the week of Street Fair. 

The line-up included local acts and a national headliner performing on Main Lawn, at the steps of Main Building. Local groups included Lori, Speaking Suns, Garden Goddess, Lauren Nicole, and the Village Fam with Issa Ali. DJ Creepingbear (Associate Director of Admission Shane Creepingbear ’08) kept the crowd dancing between sets. Headliner Talib Kweli, internationally known hip-hop artist, social activist, and entrepreneur, took the stage around 10 PM and kept the audience moving with call-and-response and a number of hit songs. Kweli even came back for an encore, performing “Never Been in Love” by audience request.

Marcell credits Antioch for giving students the chance to put their ambitions into practice: “At other colleges, everything is set in stone. Here, there’s so much room to grow, create, and take responsibility. The most important thing I learned at Antioch is to view problems as opportunities.”

Music on Main will be back October 13, 2018, after Fall Street Fair, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the campus community.