In honor of California Baptist University’s 66th anniversary, Homecoming Weekend was themed “Route 66,” which included a performance by The Digital Age, a modern-rock, Christian band from Waco, Texas.
With each Homecoming taking a full year to plan and coordinate, CBU faculty and staff worked hard to put together a successful event. Janet Crate, special events and volunteer coordinator, had been working with the Musical “Zest”ival for three years and revealed the reason behind the name.
“We named the concert portion of the weekend ‘Music ‘Zest’ival’ in honor of Riverside’s rich citrus history,” Crate said.
Several booths emphasized the festival name by offering citrus from the California Citrus State Historic Park, promoting the rich agricultural industry within the area.
The concert was moved to Stamps Courtyard because of the growing attendance. With old-fashioned cars lining the walkway and families spending quality time together, the concert was not something students could miss.
However, CBU students did get to enjoy an early performance of the band when they played during Friday’s chapel services.
Zac Bowman, sophomore Christian behavioral science and communication studies double major, watched the concert with his younger brother in tow.
“The chapel service was more intimate, but this setting is great for the Homecoming environment that welcomes so many families,” Bowman said. “The band has a twangy sound similar to the old Mumford and Sons.”
The Digital Age was previously known as The David Crowder Band before Crowder’s departure in 2012 to pursue a solo career.
Andrew Kephart, sophomore architecture major and recent transfer to CBU, attended his first Homecoming at the university.
“The cars add a fun touch and I like the setup,” Kephart said. “My favorite musician from the band is the banjo player (Jack Parker).”
With nine different food trucks on the Front Lawn, a golf cart that resembled “Cars” character Tow Mater, a photo booth, a henna artist and a powerful performance from The Digital Age, this Homecoming weekend offered a trip down Route 66 to be remembered.