Ocean County’s number 1 student-run music festival is back for an 8th go round! Tech Fest 8 rocks The Brick Presbyterian Church on Saturday 4/14 with a stacked line-up of awesome local talent. The event features 20 bands on 2 stages for non-stop musical action. There will also be cool local art displays, great food, and totally rad prizes!
Tech Fest is put on by students of Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy Tech Club. The organization, lead by Bill Bourke and Zack Slater, provides students with real world experience in the music industry. Students of the program learn the ins and outs of live sound, lighting, event coordination, video production and studio recording. Tech Fest allows them the opportunity to showcase their skills and raise money for a great cause.
Admission to Tech Fest is $10 at the door. Proceeds from the event go towards 2 student scholarships. The Dennis Bourke Hopes & Dreams Scholarship Fund is dedicated to and bears the name of Audio Program Founder Dennis Bourke. Each year the fund provides a scholarship to one audio student and one performing arts student. Learn more about The Dennis Bourke Hopes & Dreams Scholarship Fund HERE.
Many OCVTS students put the skills they learn producing Tech Fest to good use in the real world. A number of students have gone on to play in prominent local and out-of-state acts like Wicked Hollow, Skyeline, and The Wrecks.
Tune to Jersey Rock on 95.9 The Rat on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:30 pm for a preview of Tech Fest 8! On Tuesday night Tech Fest organizers Bill Bourke and Zack Slater will call in to the show as we rock a track from artist Olivia Bec. OCVTS alumni Nick Schmidt and Billy Nally of The Wrecks will call in on Wednesday and Chris Donofrio of Deal Casino will call in on Thursday.
Don’t miss Tech Fest 8 on Saturday 4/14 at The Brick Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Drum Point Road in Brick. Doors are at 1pm. The Music starts at 2pm.
The bill for Tech Fest 8 includes:
Learn more on the facebook event page.
If you would like to donate to The Dennis Bourke Hopes & Dreams Scholarship Fund but cannot make it to Tech Fest 8, you can do so via the scholarship fund’s Go Fund Me page.