PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg State University student group is gearing up for its most ambitious project yet — a large-scale concert and festival.
Conducted by the Gorilla Activities Board, Bananarama Stadium Music Festival will last from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 26 at Carnie Smith Stadium at 1705 S Joplin St. Tickets are free to PSU students with an ID, $3 for PSU faculty, and $5 for community members. If it rains, then the event will move to the Robert W. Plaster Center at 1701 South Homer St.
The event’s main attraction will be its performers — opening band Cover Drive with its Caribbean-influenced sound and headliner Half the Animal, an alternative band. Additionally, Bananarama will include a rock wall, a gyroscope, a surfboard simulator, and bungee jumping.
Comprised of 30 active members, GAB hosts an event about every week of the school year.
"Events include everything from theme-based events like casino night to welcome back events such as a hypnotist and foam and powder paint dance party, to speakers, music, comedy, and movies,” Program Coordinator Mary Mercer said in a release. “We conduct any event that is relevant and exciting to our student population.”
GAB Entertainment Chair Skyler Jones is in charge of planning this year’s festival.
“I’m just really excited for the students to have an opportunity to see what GAB can do in terms of event attractions such as these,” Jones said. “I think it’s going to run real smoothly.”
The 2017 festival was known as the Concrete Jungle and featured only the concert performances. The aforementioned side attractions and Bananarama name are several ways in which GAB are trying to rebrand the event as a whole.
"This will be an event unique to this area,” Jones said. “Since the festival is toward the end of the semester, it is a good time to de-stress and take a break from all of the hardships of college.”
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.