The BC Music Guild will be hosting Break the Bubble, a Boston College Music Festival in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Saturday, April 25. Music will begin at 11 a.m. and the festival will include 27 BC bands that are excited for such a great opportunity to perform together.
“Everyone on this list is really talented and will represent the BC arts community really well,” BC Music Guild President John Guzzi, A&S ‘15 said. “They’re all really nice people that are pleasant to be around and it’s the one chance that everyone is together for a whole day, getting to hang out and watch our friends play music.”
The festival will showcase artists from all areas of the music spectrum. From solo, coffee-shop acoustic sets to punk-rock jam bands to rappers and hip-hop artists, the festival will be organized into two stages for the widespread variety of music styles.
“In front [of Faneuil Hall], there will be eleven band groups that require a drum kit,” Guzzi said. “Some of these bands will have a 15-minute set time if they are newer. Behind Quincy Market are all of the singer-songwriter duos that don’t need a keyboard.”
Headlining the event will be the Novel Ideas, a BC alumni band that graduated in 2012 and have continued to create music as a full-time job in Boston. They can often be found playing local shows at T.T. the Bear's and the Middle East. Novel Ideas will be playing a 35-minute set during the festival at 2 p.m.
Guzzi stressed that the festival is not so much important for any single band, but that what will really make the festival special is the assimilation of so much authentic talent, especially since BC does not have enough opportunities to showcase these artists.
"We encourage original music because the point of making the statement is to say there is original talent and creativity and that people have the capability and the interest to pursue this as a full-time job," Guzzi said. "There are a lot of BC alumni that work in the music field, there just isn't a lot of activity on campus."
Within the past few years, the BC Music Guild has worked incredibly hard to create more opportunities for the music scene on campus. Throughout previous years of BC Music Guild leadership, the group has slowly acquired the funds necessary to purchase a P.A. system, microphones, guitar amps and all of their other necessary gear. Now, they finally have a full set of equipment.
“Before, there would be open mikes maybe once a month and the BC Music Guild would have to aggressively recruit bands to play in Battle of the Bands,” Guzzi said. “This year, we had ten submissions for Battle of the Bands and, unfortunately, we could only accept six. Putting opportunities in front of people inspires them to get into it. You see four good bands on stage and more musicians will come. It’s self-fulfilling and encourages others to be involved with music.”
However, the BC Music Guild still has much larger, overarching goals. Unfortunately, there is still insufficient support and still exist many restrictions on the BC music community. Although there are plenty of outstanding musicians at BC, the BC Music Guild still doesn’t have enough funding for such an expanding group.
“If you own the equipment, you own the music,” Guzzi said. “If the Music Guild doesn’t have enough equipment, the music doesn’t happen because we’re the only ones that can put on shows like this. We only have enough equipment for one setup so the rest comes from the e-board’s pocket.”
Regardless, the talent is here and is ready to group together to create these opportunities for themselves. Guzzi explained that if any one of these bands put in a request to play at Faneuil Hall, they probably wouldn’t have been approved. But when 27 motivated, talented artists formed a community and requested to play at Faneuil Hall, it was an entirely different ball game.
“It’s really important for us to tie together and be a network and a community,” Guzzi said. “This is something you haven’t see students do; there hasn’t been a music festival that showcases our talent. The BC arts community hasn’t been as appreciated as it should be and is often overshadowed by schools like Berklee College of Music.”
Projects like Break the Bubble take a lot of work, however, and months or even years of planning. The entire music e-board has been collaborating for almost a year to put on the festival. Still, the BC Music Guild has even larger goals in the future.
“We would love to have the festival on Brighton campus,” Guzzi said. “The dream would be to hold this in the fall during Parent’s Weekend. It has become a little tradition for students to come with their parents and it would be so cool for that to be an official part of BC’s program. But, right now we can’t, so we do it in Faneuil Hall.”
Guzzi emphasized the importance of the festival for the smaller, newer bands on BC’s campus. Although the festival is a great step towards exposure of BC’s music scene, the Music Guild wants to make it a more integral part of BC’s culture in the future.
“We’re excited to make a statement,” Guzzi said. “BC bands and artists are restricted to playing for an hour and a half at Arts Fest and 20 minutes before Modfest. It’s important to give these bands a voice.”