Associated Students Program Board has announced the lineup for the 2001 Extravaganza concert, which will be held on Robertson Field this year while new sod is laid in Harder Stadium.
The annual free-for-all music festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at Rob Field, instead of the stadium, where the concert has typically been held. The doors open at 11 a.m., and music will go from noon until about 7 p.m. The Pharcyde will headline the main stage with Save Ferris, Tha Liks (formally Tha Alkahaliks), Jack Johnson, and Ozma, while local bands Gravity Willing, Titsofrenix, Warsaw, Ambionic and Pressure 4-5 will play the second stage.
“Regardless of what we’re up against,” ASPB Commissioner Beth Zygielbaum said, “it’s pretty much the only annual tradition that the school has that 10,000 students come to have a good time at. We’re going to do it; it’s going to happen.”
Though Harder Stadium has been the Extravaganza concert’s ideal setting for years, the university recently finalized a decision to have the stadium’s playing field re-sodded.
“With how much of the field that would have to be roped off and restricted, it would be the apocalypse in Harder Stadium,” Zygielbaum said. “Rob Field is our only alternative, and we have to invent the venue that is not there. For security reasons, the concert must be contained and fenced to regulate what enters, and for the scale of this event we soon realized that this is beyond our budget.”
It takes about five months to plan Extravaganza, according to Zygielbaum, and the sudden change threatened the concert’s feasibility. To make up for displacing the concert area, the university will subsidize outdoor fencing, port-a-potties and generators necessary to hold an outdoor festival on Rob Field. Zygielbaum said the university’s support should help make the event live up to its reputation.
“I think this will be one of the biggest Extravaganzas we’ve ever had,” she said. “Instead of one giant headliner, we have several really solid bands … and alternating with the local acts on the stage – there’s not a band you want to miss.”
Extravaganza started around 15 years ago as a small showcase for local bands and has since expanded. An estimated 10,000 people attended last year, and Program Board said they anticipate a roughly equal crowd. Since the release of the band list, Zygielbaum said there has been an excellent response.
“We all went to Extravaganza last year and now we’re playing at it,” Gravity Willing bassist Ross Simonini said. “We’re really stoked … it will be extravagant.”
“I didn’t go for the last two years, but I’ll go this year for the Pharcyde,” junior communications major Chris Freet said.
“I’m excited for Save Ferris – you can count on me going,” freshman political science major Nancy Dahdouh said.
“Diversity is more a priority this year than ever,” Zygielbaum said. “With the way we have three groups co-headline and the second stage we try to present many genres … and recognize all genders the best we can. It’s very difficult since Extravaganza happens between winter and summer tours, so we have to deal with availability and then with the affordability of the groups.”
Student groups will also be tabling on the field, and concert sponsors will provide a variety of interactive games. Interested student groups or volunteers should go to the ASPB office or call 893-3536, Zygielbaum said.
“Pretty much, we want people to come early and stay all day,” she said. “No bottles or cans, but bring your blanket, sunscreen, Frisbees and happy thoughts.”