Few show for music festival

The San Diego Children’s Coalition hosted Water for Children Music Fest on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to sunset at City College.

From cover artists to original up-and-comers the music festival had some musical talent present.

But as Jeff Perwin, executive director of The San Diego Children’s Coalition, put it, “The bands are great, but attendance was low despite large scale promotion.”

At 5:15 p.m. there was only about 50 viewers present.

Perwin said, “I think its hard for people to hear about new events and come out… unless something is established year after year people just won’t bother to come out.”

Jackie Austin, the lead singer for 3 Degrees Off Center, said, “We enjoyed playing the event, but it was pretty cramped.”

The event had two stages, both in Gorton Quad, and because of how close they where, as the audience listened to one band, the other stages band could be heard, giving a clash of sounds that was displeasing to the ear.

This was most prevalent when Odd Couple, a rap/hip-hop group, had to compete with The Host Club — a band that came from Colorado to play at the event — on another stage. The two very different music types did not go well playing over each other.

Officer Astton, who was at the event in case of an incident, said, “For the first year attendance was good, I know it might not seem that way but people don’t really pay attention to smaller events. This is a safe event that should happen next year.”

Despite having over twenty bands, various contests planned throughout the day, the events cramped stages and poor

attendance gave it a bleak look for future events.

Information about the San Diego Children’s Coalition: www.sandiegochildren.org

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