We kept hearing about all of these great shows at Messiah College.  Then we noticed they’re hosting a festival at the end of this month with a pretty great line up: Anberlin, White Rabbits, The Low Anthem and Pigeon John. So we decided to take a drive out there to talk with the Student Activities Board Student President, Steve Harpaine and the Director of Larsen Union and Campus Activities, Jeff Rioux so they could tell us more about their school and how they get to host these stellar shows.

We’ll start with the name “Audendo”, where did they come up with that name for their festival? Steve, the SAB Student President and a Jr. at Messiah, tells us this is the 1st time the school is doing an actual festival. They usually are able to do 2 concerts series a year and numerous smaller shows throughout the year.  He wanted to come up with a name for the festival that had more meaning than just some words thrown together. Audendo in Greek means “listen within”. Their focus on this festival was to combine genres. They wanted fans and listeners of one band or artist to be exposed to another, therefor combining this group into a festival of listeners. Jeff Rioux explains that at Messiah College “we feel when artists are on stage, important things are happening”.  They expect everyone in the room to focus only on what is happening on the stage.

We asked them how they go about choosing what bands/artists come to perform at the school? Steve tells us they have a survey that goes out after shows happen, asking students which 2 shows they attended that particular semester and to choose the top 3 genres they’d like to see  in the future. Students then fill out band recommendation forms. Once this process takes place, the SAB (Student Activities Board) calculates the recommendations and the top voted artists are sought out and the booking process starts through an agency. Shows they’ve  hosted over the last few semesters have been: Iron and wine, Conner Oberst, Ben Kweller, Josh Ritter. Wow…

Along with the concerts held each semester, Messiah also host weekly concerts in the Larsen Union, every Wednesday at 10Pm. These shows are open to the public, are free of charge, and usually get 200-300 in attendance!  Jeff tells us the focus on these weekly shows are smaller and upcoming bands touring through the area.  They’re getting touring bands like, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s!! And did we mention these shows are FREE!

Jeff and the Messiah SAB are already planning bigger and better things for next year’s Audendo Festival. Workshops on song and lyric writing, Q&A with bands performing that day, and an outside stage with vendors are just some of the few ideas in the works.

Now that you know you should be keeping an eye on Messiah’s concert schedule, we at Tri State Indie are going to do our best to keep you up date via our calendar and posts. We also want to try and send Tri State writers and photographers out to cover as many of these shows as possible.  That way you can check in with us to catch up on what great shows happened, if you had to miss one!  We are looking forward to the Audendo Festival and will be there doing what we do best. So come out, see some great music, and get your fan photo taken with us at Audendo.

Audendo Festival – Messiah College

For the first time, SAB presents Audendo Music Festival! This festival will be an annual event featuring bands from a variety of genres.

White Rabbits
The Low Anthem
Pigeon John

Tickets on sale now!
$10 for Messiah students w/ ID card, $20 general admission.

To buy tickets, stop by our ticket office, or call 717-691-6036, or visit www.messiah.edu/tickets