KTSW hosts MR Fest for San Marcos

Lifestyle Reporter
Matt Scaggs, lead singer of Old Problems, performs for a crowd April 25 outside Texas Skate Shop for the 8th annual MR Fest.

Music filled the streets of San Marcos April 24-25 as members of the community gathered to support local artists.

The eighth annual My Radio Festival (MR Fest) took place in downtown San Marcos.

The event was hosted by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s student radio station, and brought a diverse group of musicians and listeners to the city.

Local businesses such as Taxi’s, Superfly’s Music Emporium, Texas Skate Shop, Triple Crown and The Hitch served as venues during the performances.

Allison Johnson, electronic media senior and music director for KTSW, said MR Fest is a way for the radio station to show appreciation for its audience.

“It is just a way that we can give back to the City of San Marcos because they do so much for us,” Johnson said. “We just wanted to provide a free festival for (residents) and the students of Texas State.”

Johnson said KTSW members booked a variety of artists from different genres to ensure every listener had the opportunity to hear his or her favorites.

“We really do get a diverse group of people because there are venues here to please everyone,” Johnson said.

Carl Cantin, electronic media senior who performs under the name Carl Joseph, played Friday night at the Triple Crown car and concert venue to kick off the weekend. Cantin also hosts Ambient Soul, a Tuesday-night music segment on KTSW.

Cantin said music is a stabilizer in his life, and events like MR Fest give him the opportunity to follow his passion.

“Really the only consistent thing in my life has been music,” Cantin said.

Cantin said the atmosphere and energy coming from the crowd helped him to perform the best set possible.

“Last night was amazing,” Cantin said. “I really think Texas State brings a different energy than most universities in Texas.”

Cantin said he recently returned from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. He said the energy he felt while performing at Triple Crown rivaled that of Coachella.

“Last night the vibe in there was very similar to Coachella,” Cantin said. “It was just an atmosphere that you would want to be around as an audience member or performer.”

Anthony Obi, a rapper who goes by the name Fat Tony, was a headlining act of the weekend. Obi headlined MR Fest in 2013 and enjoys coming to Texas State to interact with his fans.

“I like coming here because all of the people are polite and chill,” he said. “This being a big public school, it still feels like a real community here.”

Obi said he is grateful for the opportunity to let people hear his music in other cities, states and countries.

“I am really thankful that via music, I can travel places like this and see the world,” he said.