Student and local bands take the stage at Rocktoberfest

Student band Lacquerhead is no stranger to the Rocktoberfest stage.

Keene State held its annual Rocktoberfest event on Saturday, October 23 on Fiske Quad, with three student and local bands performing, along with additional music supplied by campus radio station WKNH.

Laquerhead performed at last year’s Rocktoberfest event, but under a different name. They have since changed the band name to Lacquerhead and gained a new drummer, KSC sophomore Alex Vance.

Made up of guitarist Drew Sumner, bassist Andrew Bennett and drummer Alex Vance, Lacquerhead closed out Rocktoberfest this year. They played a set consisting mostly of original music that the trio wrote together in Sumner’s basement.

“They’re stuff we wrote about jamming and just spur of the moment songs. We usually jam, we play them differently every single time,” Sumner said.

Sumner said he was looking forward to hearing audience reactions to the music, as it has a heavier sound than some of the other bands. “I don’t know if they’re going to hate us or like it, there’s no in between,” Sumner said.

In contrast to Lacquerhead, student band Kendall Row made its Rocktoberfest debut this year. Their set consisted of original songs and covers of songs by The Grateful Dead. “The Grateful Dead is our favorite band, it’s what inspired us to play,” Kendall Row guitarist Gavin Key said.

Despite the band being made up of Keene State students, Kendall Row had never performed at the college prior to taking the stage at Rocktoberfest. Key said the band was excited to get the opportunity to play at the college and also at an outdoor venue.

“We’ve played a lot of shows, but for some reason, not a lot of them have been on an actual stage, usually we’re at the same level as the audience,” Key said. “So just getting to play on a stage ever is a lot of fun, especially outside, we love playing outside.”

A local Keene music group, Suberbug, also performed at Rocktoberfest this year. Members of Superbug did not respond to The Equinox’s request for comment.

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