Corbinstock

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Students and community members participate in Corbinstock on Tuesday.  Multiple bands performed along with other entertainment available for those in attendance.

Students and community members participate in Corbinstock on Tuesday. Multiple bands performed along with other entertainment available for those in attendance.

Olivia Smith

Students and community members participate in Corbinstock on Tuesday. Multiple bands performed along with other entertainment available for those in attendance.

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Students and community members participate in Corbinstock on Tuesday. Multiple bands performed along with other entertainment available for those in attendance.

Savannah Whitley

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 Who needs Coachella when you have Western Illinois
University’s Corbinstock?

 On Tuesday, resident hall Corbin-Olsen hosted their annual staple event, Corbinstock. Much as the name suggests, this ever-changing event is created as a Woodstock replica, bringing music and happiness to the campus.

 “(Corbinstock) is Corbin-Olsen’s capstone event,” said Corbin-Olsen Complex Director, Danielle Tucker. “It’s really beneficial when we can have it outside and bring students out to the parking lot. It gives our students a chance to show off their talent and bring new talent to introduce to the students. I’ve personally been involved in Corbinstock three years and my favorite part is seeing everyone enjoy the music, have fun and enjoy the activities.”

 At first glance, this miniature music festival seemed more like a creative carnival. With Corbin’s

parking lot filled with games, free food, pie-ing an RA in the face and a tie-dying station, it was apparent that this year, Corbin-Olsen was not messing around. In addition to the carnival activities, the resident hall also hosted three different musical acts ranging from a simple acoustic country act to a genre-bending, energy-filled duo. Going back to Corbinstock roots, the festival put the emphasis back on the music and, more importantly, the students.

 “It’s nice that they actually have things to do and music to watch,” said Western student Hayley Monska. “I know last year they just had a WIU dance team come and perform, but that was pretty much it. This year, not only do they have the students play music, but it’s outside, which makes it more fun. . . It also brings the community together. I know I’ve seen Macomb residents with their dogs and I think it creates a great environment for Macomb residents to come and enjoy our event.”

 Opening up the music-filled night was a resident assistant and personal trainer, Jim Morrison. Putting the twang back into Corbinstock, Morrison and his soft acoustic guitar warmed up the crowd with some country covers, while showing just how much talent this campus has hidden away.

 “I love music, I love friends, and I love Western, so this is the perfect event,” said student Nate Pritle. “I’m a musician myself, so it’s great to see students such as (Morrison) play and enjoy
the music.”

 Doing a complete 180, the mood soon transcended from small-town charm to something straight from Warped Tour. Bringing out the second act, Chicago-based pop-rock band First Impression got the crowd on their feet, reminding everyone what a rock show looks like. This five-man band oozed with rockstar vibes and an early Blink-182 sound, and featured guitar player and resident assistant Erik Neidlinger, and drummer and Western student, Josh Rivera.

 “I always tell people if One Direction and Blink-182 had a kid, that would be us,” Rivera said. “It’s definitely something that’s not been around a lot, we got that new sound. We’re diverse, we have stuff that lights you up and we have stuff that touches the heart, and this is only the beginning. This is only the beginning, it’s the first big show together, and there’s a lot more to come.

 ”Getting ready for their first time at Warped Tour this year, First Impressions provided the perfect cocktail of covers and original songs, bringing artists such as Fall Out Boy, Five Seconds of Summer, and One Direction alive on the stage, as well as some their own work. Never giving the audience a dull moment, First Impressions definitely left the energy on
the stage.

 Once the rockstars-in-training were done and pictures were taken, it was the highly anticipated act, DNK’s turn. Equipped with unbelievable R&B vocals, a small jam band sound and some killer verses, this Nashville duo was like nothing ever seen before. Made up of David Davis (vocalist) and Kayla Fisher (rapper/vocalist), the two created the smoothest sounds and the most powerful noises ever to be produced from uTech’s speakers. Creating something unique, the polar opposite duo not only lit up the stage figuratively and literally, but also brought every audience member back to life with just a few bars.

 “We are really unique and totally different,” Fisher said. “He’s a boy and I’m a girl. He’s tall, I’m short. I’m also aware that not many small white girls rap, so I feel like we also are breaking barriers. People see us and automatically think he raps, but that’s not the case. I think we’re just trying to be us and people see that and they’re drawn to that.”

 Providing unrealistic entertainment goals for the upcoming years, Corbinstock went above and beyond what anyone could have expected. For those unable to attend this year, never fear, there’s always next year! For more information about all things Corbin-Olsen and other related University Housing and Dining Services events, call UHDS at 309-298-3000 or email them at
UHDS@wiu.edu.

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