WRASFest Provides Great Music
After months of preparation, Album 88 was proud to display a new twist on the annual music showcase at WRASFest 2016. WRASFest is a yearly music showcase hosted by Georgia State’s radio station Album 88. This year’s WRASFest featured eclectic music artists and high energy audience members, who enjoyed listening to a diverse music selection ranging from rock, dip, hip-hop, goth, folk and more.
The WRASFest included two stages and 15 music acts. The venue was the Mammal Gallery which has multiple rooms and levels. This year’s music showcase utilized the cozy upstairs for rock and guitar inspired music and the larger downstairs space for hip-hop related music. Having two stages allowed WRASFest to combine two different genres of music in one place. Jessie St. George, promotions director for Album 88, was elated with WRASFest’s turnout. After hard work, the Album 88 team was able to share their passion and love for music.
The big difference between all the other WRASFests is that we really tried to make it inclusive to all different music types and all different types of people. There is not enough representation of women, people of color and queer groups, and we really tried to make a build that represented everybody.
~ Jessie St. George
The audience seemed to have a good time experiencing the new twist offered by WRASFest 2016. While walking into the different stage areas, there was a energy shift as some of the music was more upbeat, while others carried a slower tempo.
There were many different artists who performed at WRASFest. One of the artists was Hymnal Moths, a goth-folk rock band that get a lot of their musical inspiration from the instruments. Jamie Blake, one of the members from Seattle, mixes music, life influences and passion into a sound that represents free flowing expression.
Gray Mother is inspired a lot by the banjo and different instruments. [I] have different results that I get out of them. The banjo is traditioned as a faster plickers thing. I was approaching it slower.
~ Jamie Blake
Jarrett Goodly, also know as Sensei Bueno, is an electric guitar player and senior philosophy student at Georgia State. Goodly performs with Briana Maddix, a senior sociology major, whose stage name is Nai Br.xx. After meeting at a Panther Prowl through a mutual friend, the dynamic duo discovered that they both shared the same love for music. The two music artists teamed up to produce alternative R & B.
It’s a process. Sometimes you have to focus, and if it’s open and clean things run smoothly. Your mood is so much involved. If you can clear your mind, you can get a lot of things done.
~ Jarrett Goodly
Another artist who performed at WRASFest was Yani Mo. Mo has been following her dreams as an artist by writing and performing music. She is thankful for the people that are willing to listen and enjoy her music.
[With] any crowd that I’ve performed in front of, their vibing to it, shouting my name, or reciting things after I say it. I can never complain about it, seeing people connect to you, and you can feel it.
~ Yani Mo
Other groups performing included All Black Congress, Wara, Ziggy2playa, ETHEREAL, Bosco and Speakerfoxxx, Futo, Shepherds, Floral Print, deadCat and Muuy Biien. More information on these artists can be found on social media under their stage names.