USC Stage – Hahn Plaza

SATURDAY, APRIL 22


10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band

One of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, the USC Trojan Marching Band features more than 300 students from nearly every major at USC. In addition to rousing team spirit on campus, the Trojan Marching Band has entertained audiences with jubilant music, precision drills, and crowd-pleasing dance routines at events and venues including the opening of the Metro Expo Line, the L.A. Auto Show, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Trafalgar Square.

11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – Definiens  (musical performance—chamber music)

Definiens aspires to make classical music fun for all with engaging programs featuring works by local and living composers. They have recently performed at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Highways Performance Space.

 

12:50 to 1:20 p.m. – Bellorage (musical performance—alternative pop)

Independent alternative-pop artist Bellorage is a dynamic singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her self-produced debut EP, Into the Next Motion, is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

 

 

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Korduroy (musical performance—groove)

With fifteen rotating members, including two trumpeters, two guitarists, and two percussionists, progressive-soul act Korduroy defies simplistic genre labels to create a groove that’s all their own. Korduroy’s sound draws from Latin, jazz, pop, punk, rock, and hip hop. Once you hear it, you’ll get it.

 

3:10 to 3:40 p.m. – Thumpasaurus (musical performance—dance)

Since they came together at the USC Thornton School of Music, Thumpasaurus has kept fans dancing with an eclectic, original take on funk. They call it thump.

 

 

4:20 to 4:50 p.m. – The Nova Darlings  (musical performance—alternative)

Local indie rockers The Nova Darlings will give you all the feels with their high-energy, heart-on-their-sleeves music inspired equally by ’90s alternative music and contemporary left-of-center rock/pop.

 

5:30 to 6 p.m. – SoCal VoCals (musical performance—a cappella)

The SoCal VoCals are four-time winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Last year, the VoCals sang for the president and first lady, toured Hong Kong, and released their newest album, VoCabulary.

 


 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23


10:15 to 10:30 a.m. – The Trojan Marching Band

One of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, the USC Trojan Marching Band features more than 300 students from nearly every major at USC. In addition to rousing team spirit on campus, the Trojan Marching Band has entertained audiences with jubilant music, precision drills, and crowd-pleasing dance routines at events and venues including the opening of the Metro Expo Line, the L.A. Auto Show, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Trafalgar Square.

11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – J.VEN (musical performance—R&B, pop)

J.VEN has been making music since he was eight, when one of his foster mothers had him join the church choir. He funded his first recording through his work as a server and is now a student in the USC Thornton School of Music. “I hope that my music inspires people to embody their truth–to find their power and their magnificence,” he says.

 

12:50 to 1:20 p.m. – Trio Ellas (musical performance—Latin)

Trio Ellas, Latin Grammy®–nominated sweethearts of Los Angeles, have been making waves with their fresh take on traditional mariachi blended with jazz, pop, and country. They have recorded for Benjamin Gibbard and Lady Gaga, and performed with top artists including Sheila E. and Lila Downs. The trio is composed of Suemy Gonzalez, a graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music; Nelly Cortez, a fourth-generation mariachi musician and recreational pilot; and Stephanie Amaro, a versatile musician who performs in genres ranging from mariachi to electronica.

 

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Anna Dellaria (musical performance—R&B, pop)

Singer-songwriter Anna Dellaria has performed with Chaka Khan, John Fogerty, Lamont Dozier, and others. A student in USC’s Popular Music program, she is already gaining attention for her awesome talent and natural soul.

 

3:10 to 3:40 p.m. – Third Bird (musical performance—jazz)

Third Bird is Zev Shearn-Nance, Kyle Scherrer, Paul Cornish, Logan Kane, and Michael Blasky, who started playing together as students of jazz at the USC Thornton School of Music.

 

 


4:30 to 4:50 p.m. – Exploding Flowers
(musical performance—psychedelic, guitar pop)

Exploding Flowers are an LA-based guitar-pop band influenced by the Paisley Underground, psych pop, power pop, and all things “jangle.” Members include singer/songwriter Sharif Dumani, drummer Josh Mancell, guitarist/bassist Mark Sogomian, and organist/vibraphonist Happy Tsugawa-Banta.