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Local Artists and Bands Will Come Together This Week to Feature Their Music for FGCU Students

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Jessica Piland
Students sit on the Library Lawn and watch performances at the 2023 Eagle Radio Music Festival.

Eagle Radio is planning its eighth Eagle Radio Music Festival which will be held on March 21 at 7 p.m. on the Library Lawn. Local up-and-coming musicians such as LUVXR will be performing at the Veterans Pavilion. 

The lineup consists of Sophia Lavigne, Joseph Fields, Holt & Cabe, Teahouse, Fiendish Thingies, LUVXR, DONEFOR and SigFlo.

The festival will include free food while supplies last and will have an airbrush tattoo artist and caricature artist for students to visit in between sets. The on-stage host and DJ for the evening will be Eagle Radio Programming Director Jake Schantz. 

Sophomore Digital Media Design student, Ayden Viera, will be performing at the Eagle Radio Music Festival for the first time but this will not be the first time he plays at the Veterans Pavilion. He also performed during FGCU’s Eagle Idol and said he is excited to return and play in front of fellow students. 

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“I’m very excited. I mean, I love taking the stage and I’m very excited to bring it to the school,” he said. 

Viera built his social media presence by doing anime content online. Once he started to make music, he was grateful for the platform he had already built and decided to bring his music to his accounts when he saw a positive reaction from his fans. 

“Honestly, I love all y’all so much. Thank you for the continuous support. It really does mean a lot. Keep supporting me and I’ll show y’all a new world,” he said to his fans. 

Returning local band DONEFOR will be performing at their second Eagle Radio Music Festival this Thursday. Lead vocalist and guitarist Parker Shrogen said they enjoy connecting with people and they look forward to returning to the FGCU campus as some of the band members are FGCU alumni. 

“We have a fun time introducing a genre of music a lot of these college students don’t listen to,” he said. 

He said last year some of the students in the audience didn’t think they would enjoy the screamo or rock aspects of their set but then came up to band members after their performance saying how much they enjoyed it. 

Bands and artists will be permitted to bring their merchandise and give it out to attendees, but will not be permitted to sell anything for a profit.

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Abigail Muth is a senior studying journalism and was a transfer student from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Abbey was born and raised in the Cleveland area and wanted to be a teacher until her sophomore year when she discovered a passion for writing. Her dream job would be to write features or shoot documentaries for companies like National Geographic or Patagonia. Abbey is passionate about the outdoors and traveling and hopes that one day she will be able to incorporate those things into her career. When not editing or writing stories or responding to emails, Abbey can be found reading on her lanai or walking her puppy on the beach!
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