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Bobcat Marching Band adjusts tune for football season

Texas State's marching band plays in the stands of a football stadium. They are all spaced out from each other and a drum major leads them from on the field.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

August 31, 2020

Going into halftime of a Texas State football game, fans typically see the band, in maroon and gold uniforms, flood the field ready to perform the Bobcat Fight Song. However, halftime performances will change this football season, allowing fans to hear and see “The Pride of the Hill Country” in a...

Second annual Gaillardia Fest goes virtual

Students raise their hands and dance at a concert.

Madyson Sanchez, Life and Arts Reporter

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 put a halt to in-person student events across the nation this semester, but the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) did not let the virus take away community spirit as they celebrated the wrap of another semester, through social media. SACA hosted the second annual Gaillardia F...

(Video Documentary) B L E V I N S

(Video Documentary) B L E V I N S

Haley Brand, Multimedia Journalist

April 8, 2020

Blevins is a San Marcos-based band made up of three brothers, Kevynn, Brandon and Dillon. When they aren't in a studio joking around, having fun and writing music, they're passionately performing in front of their supporters. This documentary covers their origin story, as well as how the three strive...

SXSW canceled

South by southwest cancelled.

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

Fears of the coronavirus brought Austin city officials to cancel the major technology, film and music festival South by Southwest, just seven days before it starts during spring break. Austin City Mayor Steve Adler declared a “local disaster” and issued an order that effectively cancels SXSW by...

Mala Luna day two ends with high-energy crowds

Rapper Keenon

Mia Estrada, Life and Arts Reporter

October 28, 2019

With the shining sun and crop tops as far as the eye could see, day two of the biggest music festival in San Antonio—Mala Luna—brought an even larger and louder crowd, ending the weekend with a bang.  Starting at noon sharp, long lines of eager festival-goers filled the entrances of Wolff Stadi...

Mala Luna day one brings big names and cool temperatures

a neon spray painted mural of Russ.

Mia Estrada, Life and Arts Reporter

October 27, 2019

As the temperature cools down, the weekend heated up with the first day of Mala Luna festival in San Antonio takes off. Festival-goers from all parts of Texas traveled to Wolff Stadium to bask in the Hip Hop filled weekend.  Gates opened at noon sharp with eager guests waiting outside of the check-in...

Post ACL depression? Head down to Mala Luna

Post ACL depression? Head down to Mala Luna

Mia Estrada, Life and Arts Reporter

October 25, 2019

Are you still experiencing the post-ACL blues? Grab your favorite festival going outfit and shades and head on down to San Antonio this weekend for the largest, annual festival of the city-- Mala Luna. From Oct. 26 – 27 at Nelson Wolff Stadium, festival go-ers will get the chance to see some of ...

A peek at the artists of ACL

Slesia Lani singing into a microphone in front of a dark background

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Reporter

October 17, 2019

Austin City Limits hosted more than 140 artists on nine stages over two weekends in its 17th annual music festival. Artists from all over the globe came to the Live Music Capital of the world to showcase their talents. Performers showed as much diversity in their nationalities as they did genres of...

ACL weekend two: Day three concludes ACL 2019

A balloon floats high above the crowd at ACL

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Reporter

October 14, 2019

Blue skies and sunny weather made its way to the grounds of Zilker Park as a warm farewell to close out Austin City Limits 2019. ACL treated attendees hospitably throughout both weekends by providing hydration stations all around the festival grounds, a hammock area for those in need of rest and free...

ACL Weekend Two: Day two hosts Childish Gambino’s ‘very last show’

a sign for ACL in the style of the Hollywood sign

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Reporter

October 13, 2019

Feelings of fall set into day two of ACL with temperatures consistently in the 60s. Fans had a full Saturday to look ahead for performances from Billie Eilish, 21 Savage and a highly anticipated show by Childish Gambino. Shows began at 11:30 a.m. with The Barton Hills Choir performing at the Austin...

ACL Weekend Two: Day one’s cold can’t keep crowd cool

The entrance to ACL on weekend two.

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Reporter

October 12, 2019

Artists were eager to bring the most energy to the stage after Austin City Limits kicked off its second week of performances with what have by far been the coolest temperatures seen this fall. The “Star Wars” theme song played as gates opened at 12 p.m. Friday with temperatures well into the 40’s....

A closer look at the bands of ACL

Dexter Tortoriello singing into the microphone onstage against an Austin City Limits backdrop

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

October 10, 2019

PALM SPRINGSTEEN Palm Springsteen was once a file name—one among many. The band could have been titled Santana Monica. The band, which started out as a one-man-show, performed Friday, Oct. 4, at ACL Weekend One. Nick Hinman, Palm Springsteen frontman, has been a musician since he was a ch...

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