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At MCC-Blue River's Wolfstock festival, rapper and BR alum Lil Beans won the battle-of-the-bands contest. (Photos by Clay Bussey/MCC)


Despite the evidence, Holiday Drive (with singer Weston Hutchings, right, and drummer Wyatt Huyett) is not a hair band.


Joey Marlow was the Wolfstock headliner.


Drag performer Leona Noel brought sass to her role as Wolfstock emcee.


A team of students — Dennis Nash (from left), Madison Fritz, First Gen Club sponsor Cynthia Heddlesten, Hunter Billings and recent grad Koda Maskill — was instrumental in planning the event.


No, this isn't a scene from Garth Brooks' recent Arrowhead show. Wolfstock-goers did some line dancing between acts.

MCC-Blue River’s Wolfstock festival: ‘Dancing, singing and laughing together’

August 11, 2021
By Mary Beth Hope

MCC-Blue River’s first-ever Wolfstock music festival — featuring high temps and even higher energy — was deemed a success by organizers. About 100 guests and 50 MCC employees (many volunteers) attended the Aug. 6 event, which was also a battle of bands.

BR President Tom Meyer called the lineup "incredible," and said the diversity of the music and crowd made the night special.

"We had members of all ages from the community, students, staff and faculty all interacting on campus and all having a great time," Meyer said. "They were dancing, singing and laughing together in celebration of a wide variety of music."

Rap artist Lil Beans, a BR alum, earned the most crowd votes and took home more than $250 in donated prizes.

Sociology instructor and Wolfstock organizer Cynthia Heddlesten expressed gratitude for the team of students — her "Fabulous Four" — who devoted countless hours to planning the event.

"From artist selection, designing the flyer, to running audio, every aspect of this event was student built," Heddlesten said. "That is what made this event so successful and what made everyone get on board."

Meyer and Heddlesten also expressed gratitude for the flood of community donations. Every aspect other than the audio company was donated. "Our artists and emcee donated their time and skill to this event, and it wouldn’t have happened without them," Heddlesten said.

The campus bookstore donated MCC promotional items and T-shirts to give the artists, and Meyer said Englewood Arts was also instrumental in helping make the event successful.

Plans are already underway for the 2022 Wolfstock, which is tentatively set for the end of the first week of fall classes.

>> More Wolfstock photos on Flickr