Coachella Comes to Kent: A Recap of Kentchella

By Alyse Nelson

Kent State hosted its first Kentchella event at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Friday. The rec converted into stages and galleries for a music and art festival featuring a fashion show, live music and silent disco.

Kentchella had several different areas with designated activities throughout the whole night. The main stage featured musicians such as Booty & The Kidd, Passenger Trip and Atheros. The secret stage featured the Kent Clarks among others. There were also Zumba, yoga and belly dancing classes offered during the night taught by students in the exercise room.

The art galleries featured work by local artists and senior visual communications design majors. There were sculptures, photographs, clothing and a live sketch that was created throughout the whole night by a local artist. There were three articles of clothing featured that were designed and produced by Kent State students.

VCD major Emma Wolpert’s photography was displayed throughout one of the galleries. Her work features portraits and photographs of nature. The gallery showcased her portraits in a grid layout with different aspects of nature tied in.
Julian Kozmon was the sketch artist featured in one of the art galleries, as well. He drew the live sketch the entire night. It was amazing to see his creation grow during that time. His Instagram portrays his artwork and features very unique sketches. Be sure to check out is page and website at MXLXTXV for more sketches.

The main upper studio was transformed into a silent disco club: an event when each person has headphones that connect with different DJs at once. Three different radio channels allowed Kentchella goers to resonate with the music only while wearing the headphones. The crowd loved engaging and dancing to the silent disco. A Mag got insight on what inspires two of the DJs when mixing.

“I like everything!” said John Soros, a recent graduate of Kent State with a degree in accounting. “Trap and death metal are my favorite though.”

John’s DJ style is very diverse and appreciates all types of music when creating his mixes.

Johnathan Diehl (stage name Daedal), who attends Kent State Stark for music technology, said “I DJ every day. This is my life every day and I love it.”

Diehl got really into his mixing and gets intensely involved with the crowd as the night went on.

Shortly after midnight, FAMEE hosted a fashion show featuring Yeezy diy-style bleached clothing. Women’s and men’s clothing was featured throughout with a distressed look. DIY bleaching is a huge trend right now, and FAMME was doing it right.

Kent’s first ever music and art festival featured local artists and students allowing them to express themselves through their work.

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