Peru, Nebraska– Peru State celebrated its annual Oakstock music festival on September 7. Artists Ya Boi KT, Jadyn Keller and The Beat Seekers performed. Oakstock is hosted by the Campus Activities Board (CAB).
Student Activities Coordinator Crystal Hutson said, “Oakstock this year was great! CAB decided to host the event on a Friday night this year and we had over 120 students attend the event.”
“Similar to last year, we brought in local Nebraska music artists and students expressed really enjoying Lincoln native, Jaydn Keller. Next year CAB hopes to expand the event further by creating an event that feels more like a music festival. The hope is to incorporate more local artists and other fun activities to enhance the event.”
Oakstock was started in 2008 by Black Student Union, but continues the concert experiences held on campus over the past decades. CAB has been hosting Oakstock for the past several years.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ya Boi KT is currently living in Lincoln, Nebraska. His first mixtape, Crash Course, was released while he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After his graduation in December 2014, Ya Boi KT headlined four shows in Lincoln and opened for Joey Fatts and Nappy Roots. He has also organized a music group, Hot Husker Hooligans, with his friends.
According to his official website www.yaboikt.com, Ya Boi KT said, “My dream is to create music for a living, to where I can reach more people as I go along. I can now say that I’ve found my true passion, and I honestly love it! Find your shine in whatever you decide you want to do in life, and never, NEVER let anything nor anyone stop you from chasing down that dream!”
Jadyn Keller is a high school student at Lincoln Northeast. She has been performing in musicals since age 10, and she is now involved with her high school’s show choir and chamber choir. Since launching her music career, she has finished two Extended Plays (EPs) and has released two official music videos. Her newest album, No Make Believe, was released in 2017. Keller also released in a song with Ya Boi KT, entitled “Break Away”.
From Omaha, Nebraska, the resistance rock ‘n’ roll band The Beat Seekers performed at Oakstock in 2017. The band formed in 2009 and have released four records throughout their career. Their songs have premiered in 90210, One Tree Hill and Shameless. The Beat Seekers consists of lead singer and guitarist Keith Fertwagner, bassist and vocalist Earl Skow, guitarist and vocalist Brennan Moran, and drummer A.J. Bishop.
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Ashton Peiman contributed to this release.