By Katherine Chavez
It’s that time of year again. No, not St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the road to Corechella 2013.
Corechella is a highly anticipated yearly event put on by the Cleveland Humanities Magnet, also known as CORE. Musically talented young people perform on the Cleveland auditorium stage to an audience of students, teachers, and parents.
The name is a play on “Coachella,” the music festival that takes place annually in Coachella Valley, California.
Corechella is Cleveland’s own mini version of this enormous event. This year, the event will take place on April 5.
The event is a fundraiser for the magnet program, but it goes far beyond that, reaching out to the entire school.
“It’s a great recruiting opportunity for Cleveland. Many prospective parents come,” said Wayne Basinger, 10th grade CORE Philosophy teacher. In fact, the event is open to everyone who buys a ticket, regardless of what small learning community, age, grade, or school they come from.
Over the years, Corechella has had some pretty amazing hosts. Two years ago, the event was hosted by Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight on the NBC sitcom “The Office.” Last year, however, a new TV star graced the stage of the MPR: Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt in the acclaimed comedy “New Girl.” This year’s Corechella will be hosted by yet another celebrity.
Corechella also has delicious food trucks to go along with delicious music. This year’s menu will include these delectable trucks: Greenz on Wheelz, King Kone, Frysmith, Stop Guac & Roll, and Hungry Nomad.
Adding to all the fun will be a photobooth, ready to take care of all picture-taking needs. It will be included in the price of the ticket. After the event, all the pictures will be uploaded to the corechella website (corechella.corebaby.org) and available for download.
Despite the number of last year’s bands that included graduated seniors, there are some hopes for returning musicians. A total of 27 bands auditioned this year. Those chosen for the event include: Acid Trapeziod, Jam Session, Olivia Wood, State of Mind, Beardsley, NOSE, Legit Ruker, Llana and Yesenia, Cypher (featuring These Guys, Da Homies, Pro-Hip-Hop-Aganda, and Polo C.), UAC, The Narwhals, Hard to Peel, Spitfire Automaton, Vinny V and Big G, and Forty Feet Tall.
The fan-favorite band Hubris, which includes 10th grade CORE literature teacher Richard Posito, will surely return, along with newer group. CORE philosophy teacher Wayne Basinger has put together his own band, The Truth, to rival that of his fellow CORE 10 teacher. Expect a very special Battle of the Bands.
“I just love the energy of all the students. Last year, when Hubris went on, everyone was screaming. It’s such a quirky thing to have fun at,” said senior Liann Tucker, co-president of Coredinators, a CORE club that plans Corechella and other magnet events each year.
A silent auction and an opportunity drawing will both be a part of the fun as well. Last year, an iPad was included, as was a Disneyland trip with Mr. Posito himself. This same exciting opportunity will be available again this year.
Along with band auditions, Corechella has made it a tradition to have an art contest for its t-shirt logo. This year, there were two winners: Erika Chang and Eunice Song. Both of their designs will be featured.
One of the most incredible things about Corechella is that it’s all student-run.
Senior Olivia Flood-Wylie, co-president of Coredinators with Tucker, said her favorite thing about event is “the passion of the students who come together to raise the money that our school really needs to function the way we want it to.”
Buy your tickets now! Presale tickets cost $11, but they will go up to $16 for adults and $13 for students at the door.
For more information, visit corechella.corebaby.org