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Genny Fest™ Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy

What’s better together than great live music and food? Genny Fest Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy — a free music-and-food festival hosted each spring on campus — is named for WGSU’s mascot, Genny (a lovable squirrel — herself named after the affectionate nickname for Geneseo). Featuring live music and food trucks, Genny Fest™ benefits WGSU (and future Genny Fests).

After a two-year hiatus (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the third Genny Fest Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy will be 4–7 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022. Check back for more details (coming soon) — including an announcement about scheduled music performers.
UPDATE: Genny Fest ’22 Performers Announced:
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Allison Leah ’18
More info: WGSU Unveils Genny Fest ’22 Music Lineup

Hear the Genny Fest ’22 On-Air Promo (on SoundCloud).

Genny rockin’ out at Genny Fest 2018Photos by Ben Gajewski ’07

Genny at Genny Fest 2018

Genny Fest 2018

Genny Fest™ ’18

The first Genny Fest™ (April 27, 2018) — celebrating WGSU’s 55th anniversary — featured music by Jackknife Stiletto and Allison Leah ’18. A crowd, estimated at more than 500, packed the walkway leading from Jones Hall to MacVittie College Union Plaza. Attendees enjoyed a beautiful spring day, great music and a variety of food offerings from seven food trucks. Music performances were broadcast live on WGSU. Event partners included Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS), SUNY Geneseo University Police, Geneseo a cappella groups and Foodlink.

Hear the Genny Fest ’18 On-Air Promo (on SoundCloud).

Genny Fest™ ’19

The second Genny Fest™ (May 3, 2019) featured music by Madyx and Allison Leah ’18!

More info: WGSU Unveils Genny Fest ’19 Music Lineup
Hear the Genny Fest ’19 On-Air Promo (on SoundCloud).

Genny Fest™: A Brief Oral History

WGSU’s first Genny Fest™ (April 27, 2018) has roots going back to another station-sponsored live outdoor music festival, “Party In the Valley” (May 3, 2015); and, even further, to a WGSU co-sponsored “Rock Video Dance Party” (April 18, 1984). When Genny Fest™ ’20 was forced to be canceled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, WGSU presented, as a substitute, an on-air and online “virtual” festival, called “Gen-E-Fest.” As part of the two-hour broadcast (May 15, 2020), WGSU Faculty Director Mike Saffran shared with Marketing Director Ben Michalak and listeners the original inspiration behind Genny Fest™. Listen to it here: Genny Fest History

Welcome to Genny Fest!
Ahh … where to begin…?
Greeting some fans with a “high five”!
Decisions, decisions!
Ah … can almost taste it now!
Everyone’s all smiles!
Checkin’ out the music!
Jackknife Stiletto
Jackknife Stiletto (more)
Rockin’ out to the music!
Allison Leah
Best seat in the house?
Getting hungry again!
Back for seconds!
Thanks for attending Genny Fest 2018!

 

To inquire about the Genny Fest™ Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy or Genny’s availability for other appearances (or for any questions related to her or the festival), contact Genny@geneseo.edu.