Despite it being the "final stretch" of the school year before finals week, students at the 5C's put their text books away long enough to enjoy the sunny weather and live music at Pitzer's Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival. Held on the Pitzer Mounds on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, the two-day event was headlined by indie rock duo Matt and Kim (Friday) and hip hop veterans Blu and Mr. Lif (Saturday).
The festival was initiated in 1973 in response to the arrival of the Kohoutek Comet, discovered by the Czech astronomer Luboš Kohoutek. Although considered a scientific dud due to its over-hyped yet lackluster appearance, the comet has remained in popular culture. The Kohoutek festival, which is free and open to students as well as members of the Claremont community, is held each year and not only celebrates music but also brings together local artists and vendors for the special occasion.
On Friday, Matt and Kim lit up the stage with their poppy dance tunes, including "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" from the band's new album, Grand. Both Blu and Mr. Lif, who maintained a smooth vibe with their performances on Saturday night, have new releases: Godlee Barnes EP (Blu) and I Heard It Today (Mr. Lif). Despite the festival's early closing, the Kohoutek after-party in the Pitzer Gold Student Center kept the energy flowing until the wee hours of the morning. It might have been a stressful week, filled with term papers and talk of upcoming finals, but no such thing was on anyone's mind as the Kohoutek festival reminded students that having a good time is most important.