by JONATHAN HAMILTON
Music filled the streets of San Marcos on Friday and Saturday as members of the community gathered to support local artists. The eighth annual My Radio Festival (MR Fest) took place in downtown San Marcos.
The event was hosted by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s student radio station, and brought a diverse group of musicians and listeners to the city. Local businesses such as Taxi’s, Superfly’s Music Emporium, Texas Skate Shop, Triple Crown and The Hitch served as venues for the performances.
Allison Johnson, an electronic media senior who serves as music director for KTSW, said MR Fest is a way for the radio station to show appreciation for its audience.
“It is just a way that we can give back to the City of San Marcos because they do so much for us. We just wanted to provide a free festival for (residents) and the students of Texas State,” Johnson said.
KTSW staff booked a variety of artists from different genres to ensure every listener had the opportunity to hear his or her favorites, Johnson said.
“We really do get a diverse group of people because there are venues here to please everyone,” Johnson said.
Carl Cantin, an electronic media senior who performs under the name Carl Joseph, played Friday night at the Triple Crown car and concert venue to kick off the weekend. Cantin also hosts Ambient Soul, a Tuesday-night music segment on KTSW.
Cantin said music is a stabilizer in his life, and events like MR Fest give him the opportunity to follow his passion.
“Really the only consistent thing in my life has been music,” Cantin said.
Cantin said the atmosphere and energy coming from the crowd helped him to perform the best set possible.
“Last night was amazing. I really think Texas State brings a different energy than most universities in Texas,” Cantin said.
Cantin said he recently returned from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. He said the energy he felt while performing at Triple Crown rivaled that of Coachella.
He said, “Last night the vibe in there was very similar to Coachella. It was just an atmosphere that you would want to be around as an audience member or performer.”
Anthony Obi, a rapper who goes by the name Fat Tony, was a headlining act of the weekend. Obi headlined MR Fest in 2013 and enjoys coming to Texas State to interact with his fans.
“I like coming here because all of the people are polite and chill,” Obi said. “This being a big public school, it still feels like a real community here.”
JONATHAN HAMILTON reports for The University Star, the student newspaper of Texas State University, where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the University Star and the San Marcos Mercury.
COVER: Matt Scaggs, lead singer of Old Problems, performs for a crowd April 25 outside Texas Skate Shop, 225 North C.M. Allen Parkway, during the the eighth annual MR Fest. PHOTO by DARYL ONTIVEROS/THE UNIVERSITY STAREmail | Print