MACON – Mercer University's student programming board QuadWorks has announced the headliners for the eighth annual Bearstock outdoor music festival, April 11, in Tattnall Square Park. The headlining acts will be alternative Christian rock band Relient K and electro hip-hop duo Timeflies.
The daylong event will be free and open to the public, with a variety of bands and food vendors to suit most every taste.
Since its formation in 1998, Relient K has spanned the genres of alternative rock, Christian rock, pop and punk. The band has released nine studio albums, seven EPs, two Christmas albums and one collection of rarities. Two of the group's albums, Mmhmm (2004) and Five Score and Seven Years Ago (2007), reached the top 15 of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and the band has sold over 2 million records and been awarded three RIAA-certified gold records. Relient K received a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for Best Rock Gospel Album and has earned two Dove Awards. The band's most recent album, Collapsible Lung, was released on July 2, 2013.
"We are really excited to have Relient K at Bearstock this year," said Devanshi Patel, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, who is co-chair of the Mercer Live committee of QuadWorks that plans the annual event. "Relient K just finished performing its 10-year anniversary tour of its hit album MmHmm and is a band that a lot of us grew up with. We think it will be a great experience for different generations to enjoy a household name that brings an alternative rock feel that should be a huge success with the community."
The music of Timeflies cannot be described in a single genre, as Rob "Rez" Resnick and Cal Shapiro combine elements of hip-hop, pop, electro, R&B and rap in their music. Resnick got an early start in production after building a studio in his basement for multiple high school bands. He plays several instruments, including drums, guitar and piano. Shapiro has been singing and freestyling since high school. Resnick was the drummer and Shapiro was the singer for a blues, funk and hip-hop band called The Ride, before the two teamed up to form Timeflies in October 2010. Their latest album, After Hours, was released on April 29 of last year and reached No. 3 on the iTunes overall chart and No. 1 on the iTunes pop chart. The album includes collaborations with T-Pain, Fabulous and Katie Sky.
"Timeflies is an YouTube sensation that has been reaching the mainstream for the last year. We are really excited about the diversity they will bring to Bearstock with their unique blend of pop, electronic dance music and freestyle rap," said Nate Flowers, a junior from Gastonia, North Carolina, who also serves as Mercer Live co-chair. "We think Timeflies will reach out to a variety of students. The band is known to draw crowds with on-the-spot freestyle raps and covers of popular songs with unique twists."
Additional bands performing at Bearstock will include Rewind Retry, Wire Method, Charlie and The Foxtrots, The Captain, Dalmatian and Radio Birds.