Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The weather may have been foul this past Saturday, but the music was fair. Not even rain could keep University of Dallas students away from Mallapalooza 2014.
An estimated 400 came out for the event billed as “UD’s biggest musical event of the year,” according to senior Alex MacDonald, Student Programming musical entertainment director.
“[The rain] kept some people from coming at the beginning,” he said, noting that attendance was lower than usual at the start. “But, by the end, we were at the usual numbers.”
Senior SPUD member Mary Mackenzie explained that it is often difficult to nail down the specific number of attendees, since there are no official tickets or entrance “gateways,” but she was confident that there was “a healthy turnout.”
“Alex MacDonald …did an awesome job choosing a diverse and crowd-friendly lineup of bands,” Mackenzie said. Reggae group “Watusi” opened the show at 3:30 p.m., followed by student band “No Ulterior Motive,” rock band “Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit,” indie folk band “Telegraph Canyon” and alumni favorite “Paul Spring Band.” Headlining this year’s music fest was “Alpha Rev,” an alternative rock band from Austin.
Attendance at the afternoon’s cookout and beanbag tournament, sponsored by Student Foundation, was a little slow at first, according to Macdonald. However, as the rain slowed down, students began to come out in full force. Student Foundation president Brigid McMahon said about 150 students came to the cookout.
“It was really great considering the rain!” she said. According to McMahon, seniors Anthony Wagner and Meredith Noe won the beanbag tournament, defeating seniors Danny Jones and Christian Walker in a dramatic final match. The champions won a crockpot.
The beer garden opened at 7 p.m., and attendees jammed out to the music as they enjoyed $2 beer and cider.
Mackenzie noted that, unlike last year’s Mallapalooza, this year’s event did not get shut down early by the Irving Police Department.
“I would count [that] as a success!” she said.
Mallapalooza, often referred to simply as “Malla,” is one of UD’s most-anticipated spring events, and draws large crowds to the Mall to enjoy live music with friends.
Macdonald calls this year’s Malla celebration a success.
“I think the event went really well,” he said. “All the bands were great, the sound crew kept everything going on time, and people seemed to be having fun.”
Senior David Janicki, who attended the music festival, remarked that the event workers were efficient and the bands were enjoyable.
“I thought it was well done,” he said.