39 indie bands to play at local festival

Brittany Moseley

The band members of No Target Audience have gathered indie bands from several states for D.I.T. Fest

Courtesy No Target Audience

Credit: Ron Soltys

D.I.T FEST ’07

Who? No Target Audience plus

38 other bands

Where? The Vineyard and Europe Gyro

When? 4:30 p.m. to 1:40 a.m. Friday,

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday

How much? Free, donations accepted.

The members of local band No Target Audience are determined to bring the music scene back to Kent.

“I’ve talked to adults who went to Kent in the ’70s, and they said when you walked down the streets you could hear music coming from every place, and you don’t hear that anymore,” said guitarist Dan Juratobac. “It would be great to ignite that spark again.”

Enter D.I.T. (Do It Together) Fest ’07. The two day festival is the brain child of No Target Audience. Lead singer Matt Scheuermann got the idea for the festival one night in July.

“I e-mailed 10 bands the night I came up with the idea, and the next morning everyone had responded and they were all really excited,” Scheuermann said. “Once I got them aboard, I made a MySpace for D.I.T. and just started asking random bands.”

The bands aren’t the only ones excited for the festival. The Kent community has also responded well.

“Everyone I told that lives in Kent were really open to the idea and received it very well,” Scheuermann said.

On-campus groups including the Anti-Racist Action and Anti-War Committee are expected to be there, and the Akron group Food Not Bombs will be accepting food donations.

Do It Together isn’t just the name of the festival, it’s an ideal the members of No Target Audience live by.

“You can’t really do it yourself. You have to have other people helping you,” Scheuermann said. “It’s a lot better than D.I.Y. — D.I.T. seems like more of a community.”

Now that D.I.T. Fest has come together, No Target Audience is ready to introduce the Kent community to some local bands along with bands from Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, to name a few.

“There are really good local bands in Ohio, and we’re just trying to show that,” said saxophonist and cellist Richard Wehrenberg Jr.

Scheuermann hopes the festival goers will notice the sense of community.

“There are a lot of good bands that have this really good aesthetic,” he said. “You can literally go to a show and hang out with these people.”

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