UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
April 2, 2018 – The Midwest is Best Finals Fest event at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will showcase two acts on Friday, May 4. Wisconsin Comedian Pete Lee will open at 7 p.m. with headliner Hippo Campus performing at 8:15 p.m. The event, on the University Center mall (outdoors), is free and open to the public.
The event will kick off with a “Party on the Patio” beginning at 6 p.m. featuring free Midwest cuisine, outdoor games, student organization pop up performances, bodypainting, bonfire stations with s’mores, DIY t-shirt creating (t-shirts available for purchase), a local artist garden, and more. Arrive early to catch the championship game of the Bean Bag Toss Tournament which begins at 5 p.m.
Beverages, Holy Donuts, and grilled food will be available for purchase during the concert. Alcohol is prohibited. In the case of rain, the event will move to the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center.
For more information about Finals Fest, visit http://go.uwrf.edu/FinalsFest or visit the facebook event page “Finals Fest 2018” or call Elise Koop in the Student Involvement Office at 715-425-4747.
A spirited indie rock quartet based out of the Twin Cities, Hippo Campus deliver angular and melodic guitar-driven pop that falls somewhere between the collegiate Afro-pop/garage rock of Vampire Weekend and the post-punk nerviness of Bombay Bicycle Club. The band formed in 2013 made up of frontman Jake Luppen, co-frontman/guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen (on-stage the band uses the code names Stitches, Beans, Espo, and Turntan), all of whom met in high school in St. Paul. Hippo Campus wasted little time infiltrating the local scene, with their high-energy live sets eventually attracting the attention of the management team behind fellow Minnesotans Trampled by Turtles and Low.
Pete Lee might be the nicest person in New York City, but that’s because it’s impossible to sound aggressive with a Wisconsin accent. Pete was raised in Janesville by divorced parents and a 19-inch television which is probably why he pursued a career in entertainment. Thanks to his highly rated Comedy Central Presents half hour special, Lee has packed venues at over 500 colleges and universities across the country. Lee has also been a standout on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and played a doctor on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. His hit YouTube series titled “Pete Lee’s Internet Freak Show” attracted the attention of television executives. He was quickly hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial and cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever. Lee is a rising star in the college market and on television, but he is also really fun to have dinner with at your town’s Applebee’s.<