Strobe and black lights were flashing throughout the crowded, sweaty and energized room.
On Saturday, April 30 in Elting Gym, SUNY New Paltz held its annual “Springfest” concert.
From the start of the evening with Long Island-native DJ Cozy Craig hyping up the crowd, the acts that followed did not fail to impress.
New York natives NYCK Caution, Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg all took the stage during the course of the night. There was even a surprise appearance from Kirk Knight.
Audience members were invited up on stage during Joey Bada$$’s set.
For some, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Vice President of Programming at SUNY New Paltz Student Association Programming (SAP) Goldie Harrison said, in her opinion, the concert was one of the best New Paltz has ever seen.
“The show was really special and set the bar for what is to come for the New Paltz Springfest,” Harrison said. “In the future, it is going to get bigger, better and the momentum is going to continue. It’s really going to become a part of New Paltz culture. New Paltz is going to be known for its Springfest.”
With the chemistry between the artists and crowd, and after seeing tickets sell out in three hours, Harrison said it was clear that everyone was eager from the very beginning. The energy was going to be there, and it was proven, she said.
This chemistry was obvious when some of the performers, such as NYCK Caution, stage-dove right into the crowd.
“Seeing the crowd and energy just proved that it was all worth it,” Harrison said. “That’s the feeling that I look forward to. The sigh of relief that everyone enjoyed. The crowd’s energy was out of control. It was a really great experience for everyone involved.”
“The crowd was amazing. I felt like I had the crowd in the palm of my hands… A lot of people I went to high school with were in the crowd. This was one of the schools I considered going to, so just being here and performing was very inspirational. I’m on the right path.” –NYCK Caution
“The crowd was amazing and responsive. I could tell that there were a lot of true day-one fans out there, and I appreciate the whole New Paltz community for having me here.” –Joey Bada$$