By Princess Russell |Staff Writer|
The highly anticipated Bohemian Festival was held in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center at CSUSB on April 13.
The Friday the 13th event was filled with plenty of art, music, fashion, crafts and fun for lovers of the avant-garde and the alternative at CSUSB. There was everything from live music performed by bands such as Quita Pena to screen printing and custom nail design from Kleur.
“This event is for all the artists who are relentlessly dedicated to their art and dare to go against the grain, to create unconventional art with true expression and meaning,” said event coordinator Venezia Avina.
The rain apparently didn’t put a damper on the vibes at the festival. There was great turnout of people who showed up for the festivities.
Avina, who coordinated the free event, was most excited to see the community’s “reaction, interaction and involvement” for this event.
When Meschach Padilla, a social work major, was asked what he hoped to gain from this event he said, “I hope the school gains cultural knowledge of the underground music and art right here at CSUSB.”
John d’Alessandro, guitar player in the group Quita Pena describes their musical styling as “a fusion of all music from Latin to African, with a tropical sound.”
Before the event took place, the festival’s Facebook page was flooded with posts buzzing about the event. Facebook posts included elaborate videos from the various vendors presenting their works of art. One video in particular was posted by the custom jewelry designs of “Mapache”.
Rochelle Rached, creator of “Mapache,” was excited to admit that she has been customizing jewelry for over two years. She began when she wasn’t able to find the perfect piece of jewelry to fit her personal style.
On first arrival at the festival it was impossible to discount the enjoyable sounds of guitars jamming, conversations roaring and vendors talking up their merchandise. There was also handmade cotton candy along with snacks and drinks towards the back of the showroom.
One of the more popular booths at the festival was the vintage clothing sold by Jessica Augustine and Melissa Perez, the ladies of “Media Vuelta.” Jessica and Melissa have been buying vintage pieces and selling them for two years. The price of their clothing ranged from $3-25 at the event and $8-60 for online purchases.
Jessica stated that one of the best parts about Media Vuelta vintage clothing is “all the stuff from the collections are fun to wear and you can wear something once or twice and then pass it on.”
Jessica described the vibe of the festival as a lot of energy mixed with mellow moments.
The night ended with the long awaited CSUSB debut performance from “Son of Cecil.” Lead vocalist, Brian Edwards, described their sound as “skaterock” and “energetic.”
“It has been so fun performing here, I’m sad I got here late,” said Edwards.
At the end of their performance, they tossed dozens of demo CDs into the enthusiastic crowd.
Even through the rain, the entire night went off without a hitch. Countless students left the event with smiles across their faces, printed t-shirts, elaborate nail designs, vintage clothing vendors and an appreciation for the ambition and thoughtfulness of all the Inland Empire entrepreneurs at CSUSB that night.