By CHELSEA FULLER
A play on “Oktoberfest,” Giant Productions’ “Rocktoberfest” was a subdued, but welcome, end to what was most students’ first week of midterms. Friday, Oct. 5, provided perfect weather for an enjoyable afternoon filled with a sense of fleeting summer and laughter.
The event was located on Ball Circle, but yielded a smaller turnout than is usually expected. As the band “Miniature Tigers” set up, students had food and drinks provided by Class Council and caught up with classmates in circles on the grass.
While there was gossip and weather to enjoy, Rocktoberfest also provided games to play, such as beanbag toss, Giant Jenga, and Frisbee. It proved to be a stress relief for some students, who found comfort in the childhood pastime while catching up friends on the past week.
“Miniature Tigers” played a perfect soundtrack for the event. The cross hybrid of indie soft rock was a perfect transition from a hectic week to a relaxing weekend, or for some, a weekend of celebration.
Born out of Brooklyn, New York, the budding group lived up to Rocktoberfest’s reputation of presenting the most up and coming bands. The four-member band played for about an hour and showcased songs from their new album, “Mia Pharaoh.”
Though the attendance seemed low for a Friday, a fair amount of students showed up at least to hear what all the excitement was about. With the inviting atmosphere and the New Age tunes floating through the air, students quickly began funneling in from other parts of campus.
Sophomore Kathryn Swinkey, an anthropology major, said, “It [was] a perfect day for hanging out with friends, listening to music and grabbing some food, this was an ideal way to start my weekend!”
Overall, the event ran for two hours and provided the almost-perfect transition from summer to fall and week to weekend. Even though turn out was small, it was clear that students are excited to see what Giant Productions has in store for this year.