Assistant A&E Editor
Rhode Island College’s radio station, 90.7 WXIN, has had its fair share of live events that brought energy to campus on Friday nights. Walk into the Beestro during one of these events and you will hear the vibrant sounds of drums, electric guitars and vocals from one of many of Rhode Island and Massachusetts’s unique local bands. However, the biggest of these events is right around the corner.
WXIN’s annual Rock Hunt is taking place April 5-19 in the Beestro. Rock Hunt is “WXIN’s rendition of Battle of the Bands” as stated in the sign up form. Eight bands will perform in total. Four acts will perform on night one, April 5. Of these four acts, two will move forward to the finale on April 19. Four acts will also perform on night two, April 12, two of which will also move forward. The top three performers playing in Rock Hunt’s finale will be crowned first, second and third place respectively.
Voting will be done by the audience at Rock Hunt using a ballot system. First place receives $1000, second place receives $700 and third place receives $300. In last year's competition, the voting audience crowned “Plastyc Peachez” first place. This band has already risen in campus fame as they have performed in numerous rockin’ RIC concerts since. “Namé” took second place and “Guess Method” took third.
This event has occurred at Rhode Island College since the 1980s and has been a huge hit. Rock Hunt provides music lovers a chance to connect with the indie music scene in Rhode Island. It also helps bring the campus together for a stress free event right before finals begin. Guests will also get to see the new renovations of the Beestro that took place over the summer.
Sign-ups for bands are now closed, but for guests, more information on the event will be released soon. Mark your calendars for three nights of excitement, unique sounds, friends and fun. So join RIC’s community of music-fanatics and don’t miss the chance to find your new favorite local band. Check WXIN’s Instagram at @ricradio for more information as the event gets closer. May the best band win.