The sunlight faded across West Lawn on Elon University’s campus as the first Rock the Lawn concert began. Rock the Lawn was hosted by the student record label Limelight Records and SUB.
“We’d heard of things that Limelight had done in the past and thought it was a cool idea because they support student performers so much,” said SUB president My Nguyen, “so this is something we want to turn into something annual.”
The event featured Limelight recording artists Phoenix Highway, Gavin Billings, True Foundation, San Luis, My Brother, Black and Blue, Tyler Johnson, Josh Bonney and Torrance Winder. The groups are all comprised of students at Elon.
Rock the Lawn was also used as a final push to sell tickets for the upcoming SUB Spring Show, which will be Friday, May 6. The Spring Show artists are Neon Trees, Wale and Super Mash Bros.
“In the future, I think we’d like to see these bands perform covers of whatever Spring Show artist we’ll have,” Nguyen said. “Because this was the first time, we’re just trying it out and thought the artists would be more comfortable performing their own music.”
A free barbecue dinner for attendees was provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. A few dozen students were stretched out on blankets or lounging in the grass as they listened to the student performers play a mixture of original songs and classic covers. Members of the hula-hooping club also showed up to twirl to the music.
“It’s just SUB reaching out, Limelight reaching out, producing fun, free music and food for people,” Nguyen said.