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Hofstra Concerts waits for bigger event

By TaraMarie Liscoe and Aaron Calvin, Special to the Chronicle and Entertainment editor

Hofstra Concerts planned on holding a fundraiser titled "Dance for Music Fest" on October 15th, 2011 from 8PM-11PM at Hofstra USA, but it has now been canceled. The fundraiser would have been the first of a series held throughout the year to raise money for the annual festival.

"We didn't want to have it because it wasn't going to be at the potential level it could have been," said Vinny Pezzella, Coffeehouse Manager at Hofstra Concerts. "The point of these events is to make money and we weren't confident this event would do that."

In the past, Hofstra's Music Fest has featured big acts such as Big Boi from Outkast, Ghostface Killah and Streetlight Manifesto. It is necessary to have fundraisers like "Dance for Music Fest" in order to raise money to improve the Music Fest set list every year.

At Music Fest, there are stages set up along the intramural fields in order to offer different performances for different crowds of people. The festival also features many attractions. In the past, it has offered henna tattoos, rock wall climbing, craft vendors and many others. It is a festive break towards the end of the Spring semester.

"We're still planning something," Pazella affirmed. "We don't know what it is yet, but we're putting more time and effort into it."

If anyone is interested in being involved in one of these fundraisers, they can contact Hofstra Concerts at

Big Boi performs at Hofstra Concerts Music Fest, Spring 2011. (File Photo/The Chronicle)

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