DemonFest 2019 boasts heavy turnout with notable headliner

Photo by Dhaija Smith

by Ethan Lachney

The annual music festival DemonFest has come and gone once more at NSU. 

The event began at 1 p.m. on Mar. 22, 2019 with contemporary Christian band Advance the Light performing on the small stage. 

Other performers on the small stage included VALE, The Sweet Tea Band, VV$nipes, The Green House Collective and Charm Taylor. 

The event was also an opportunity to break in the newly constructed stage on the Iberville Green. 

At 1:30 p.m. the Make Your Own Theater Troupe did just that, giving breathtaking performances of songs from various Broadway shows. 

At 2:30 p.m. BluVooDoo, a band that has become a staple of events in the Natchitoches area, took the stage.  Lip Candy, native to New Orleans was next in the lineup.

The group reported they’d nearly went on without a drummer before finding a substitute in Cardinal Caulfield, who learned the group’s entire set in roughly 24 hours. 

NSU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter stopped by to perform their step show. 

Calamity also took the big stage following a last-minute swap with Charm Taylor due to scheduling conflicts. 

Rella gave an emotional farewell at the event, as DemonFest was their final performance as a group. 

The group won Battle of the Bands back in October and as part of the prize were given the opportunity to open for the headliners at DemonFest. 

The headliners in question kicked off their performances at 7 p.m. 

First to take the stage was Seratones. The group, led by A.J. Haynes, originally formed in Shreveport, LA. They released their debut album, Get Gone, back in 2016 and reached notability following an appearance on NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert” and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine. 

The major draw for many, however, was internet sensation Doja Cat, who performed at 8 p.m. 

The singer/rapper appeared on stage with full energy, thanks in part to an adoring and attentive crowd, performing her well-known hits, such as “Mooo!” and “Tia Tamera” as well as other songs from her new album Amala. 

The event was produced by the staff of KNWD as well as various volunteers from around campus.

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