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University Fest to feature books, Galumpha, Missing Joe

Greg O’Brien, one of the founding members of Galumpha, supports co-founder Andy Horowitz, left, and Marlon Torres, who joined recently.

Binghamton University’s annual University Fest kicks off the start of a new academic year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 30. As visitors get their fill of free books and soda, they can enjoy the talents of Galumpha (formerly the Second Hand), Dance Hall Racket and Missing Joe.

Galumpha is expected to take the stage at noon, followed by Dance Hall Racket, a group of campus staff who play music from the ’80s.

Headliner Missing Joe will follow. Having started in the mid-’90s when four high school buddies decided to form a band, Missing Joe has made its mark. Not only did their first full-length album, Breaking Down the Constellations, sell more than 5,000 copies, but the WB Network licensed the entire album to be used on Dawson’s Creek. Songs from the album have also been used on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and ABC’s Making the Band.

All festivities will take place on the Peace Quad in the center of campus. The book giveaway will include a tractor-trailer load of new books, including novels, and the family-friendly event will also feature kids’ games, giant inflatables, Jon Bon Fed’s caricatures, the Ross Park Zoomobile and more.

University Fest is sponsored by Binghamton University, the Student Association and the Division of Student Affairs. Parking and admission are free.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08