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Live music fans to enjoy Music Fest 2013 Friday at UT

Reel Big Fish, Josh Gracin and The White Panda among performers

Thousands of music fans will enjoy live performances by some of their favorite artists Friday, Sept. 13 during Music Fest 2013 at The University of Toledo.

The free music festival will begin with local rock band The Lonely Friends and conclude with the mash-up/remix duo The White Panda, with performances from all genres in between. Music Fest 2013 will take place 3 p.m. to midnight in the grassy area sound of Memorial Field House on the UT Main Campus. 

“We strive to reach music lovers of all types and this year’s lineup is no exception,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “UT students, students from all colleges and universities and community members will enjoy the performances and excitement around the start of a great school year and Rocket football season.”

The Lonely Friends, a rock band with influences of blues and metal from Maumee, won the Local Band Challenge to kick off the event at 3 p.m.

Next on stage is The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts at 4:30 p.m. to entertain fans with their Motown sound. The band is best known for its 1962 hit “Do You Love Me?” written by legendary Motown CEO Berry Gordy that was later featured in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

A pep rally will take place at 5:30 p.m. to get the Rockets and fans excited for the first home football game 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 against Eastern Washington.

Music Fest veteran and jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic with The Motor City Horns will continue the Detroit sound at 6 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. country singer Josh Gracin will perform some of his hit songs, including “Nothin’ to Lose” and “Stay with Me (Brass Bed).” The Michigan native earned a fourth-place finish in the second season of “American Idol.”

Ska band Reel Big Fish will get fans on their feet and dancing with their high energy songs at 9 p.m. The band released its seventh studio album Candy Coated Fury (Rock Ridge Music) last year and is best known for songs “Sell Out” and “Take on Me.”

And fans will continue dancing when The White Panda blasts its electronic dance beats at 10:30 p.m. Tom Evans (Procrast) and Dan Griffith (DJ Griffi) recently released their fifth full-length album Bearly Legal.

For more information about Music Fest 2013 visit or follow the event on Facebook at or Twitter at @musicfest13.

Click here to download photos of all the performers. Click here to download a Music Fest 2013 logo.

Media Coverage
The Independent Collegian (Sept. 11, 2013)
The Blade (Sept. 12, 2013)
The Blade (Sept. 12, 2013)
WTOL 11 and 13 ABC (Sept. 16, 2013)


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