90.3 The Core Presents: Corefest 2015


By Kyle Booth

Every year 90.3 The Core hosts “Corefest.” Corefest gives music fans an opportunity to see all that the tri-state area has to offer in the area of local bands.

This year’s April 12 concert was Corefest’s 6th year.

New Jersey has long had a prevalent music scene, and Corefest aims to try and showcase some up and coming bands in the tri-state area.

“Corefest is to support local music so that maybe they can one day make a living doing something they’re passionate about,” said Danielle Bruno, programing director at the station.

Past Acts have included bands such as Mo Lowda and the Humble, who are now set to play at Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party in Philadelphia which makes their growing success evident.

This year’s Corefest lineup included:

  • Romp. Romp is a band from New Brunswick. “[Romp] is a fun band if fun were a genre,” said Madison Klarer, the band’s front woman. According to Klarer, Romp plays upbeat music with punk and pop influences.
  • Reward. “Reward is an alternative rock band. We try to balance between heavy and melodic and shift between high and low, big and small,” said Reward’s official spokesman. Reward is from Philadelphia.
  • Young Instruments. According to Chris Staton, Young Instruments’ bandleader, they play gospel and jazz influenced R&B Hip Hop. Young Instruments are from Somerset, New Jersey. Corefest will be one of Young Instruments last shows as they are disbanding after April.
  • Sojourner. Sojourner originated in Bayville, New Jersey. The band’s guitarist and vocalist, David Bedford, describes their sound as “jazz influenced punk.”
  • El Americano. “We’re a high energy experimental math rock band which builds its sound around driving bass and drum rhythms with rich guitar/piano textures and catchy melodies,” said Joey G, the band’s bassist. El Americano is from Union New Jersey and currently working on a new EP.
  • Perennial Reel. Perennial Reel is a Jersey City band. According to Tim Erbach, the band’s bassist, synthesizer and vocalist they have a “psychy, progressive and indie sound.”

Over 100 people turned up to see the show and according to Bruno it was a success.

“It was pretty successful, I was happy with the turnout we had to support local music. It was fun,” said Bruno.

The Core puts a lot of pride into Corefest. “We are definitely one of the few [college] stations to have an established concert series,” said Bruno.

The Core is a community and student run radio station. The signal is shared between Rutgers and Piscataway High School. The station has independent news, community programming and underground music.