Santa Fe concert aims to raise scholarship funds


Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.

Santa Fe College is taking a musical approach to raising money for scholarships.

Santa FEST, a combined community concert and fundraising effort, is Saturday on SF College's Northwest Campus.

"We're excited about it," said Kathryn Lehman, SF College's cultural affairs coordinator.

The event begins at noon with authors Rick Yancey and Marilyn Shaw reading from their books and leading a discussion in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall. Yancey's "The 5th Wave" and Shaw's "Solomon" will be for sale in the lobby, and a few copies of each book will be given away for free.

Beginning at 1 p.m., five local bands will battle for $1,000 and the chance to open for Naia Kete, a singer who was on TV's "The Voice" in 2012, during an evening performance.

Seven bands applied to be part of the battle, Lehman said. They'll each play a 45-minute set in the amphitheater behind the Fine Arts Hall, and representatives from SF College Student Government will judge the contest.

The battle of the bands runs from 1-5:30 p.m., starting with Jamie Davis and followed by Willis-n-Sally, Pilly Wete, Chris McCarty and Kate & Xavier.

The winning band will be the opening act for Naia Kete at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to that are $5 to $15 and are available at www.sfcollege.edu/finearts.

SF College's Teaching Zoo will be open all day with regular admission fees, and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will have free shows at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Bounce houses will be set up around the campus, and local food trucks will serve visitors all day.

Inside the Fine Arts Hall, kids (and parents) can enjoy SnoCones and face painting.

Trains will make trips to the zoo and the planetarium.

The all-day festival also will launch a crowd-funding effort for scholarships through the Santa Fe College Foundation. To donate to the project, which aims to raise $55,000, search for Santa FEST at indiegogo.com.

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