If you go
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
Information: www.germainarena.com, 948-7825
Nest Fest, an annual concert held by Florida Gulf Coast University, is delivering four energetic alternative acts to its Southwest Florida audience.
Taking Back Sunday, 3OH!3, the Maine and Jack’s Mannequin will all be rocking out on the Germain Arena stage at the concert, which starts at tonight at 7.
Nest Fest is part of a string of three annual concerts hosted by FGCU. It is the only one that occurs during the university’s spring semester, and is characterized by its alternative music flair.
Anthony Garcia, 19, hopes to make it to Nest Fest because he is an alternative rock fan. Although he’s seen 3OH!3 in concert before, he said he’s looking forward to catching Taking Back Sunday’s live show for the first time.
The bands on stage have been big names in the alternative music scene. Taking Back Sunday, the Maine and Jack’s Mannequin have enjoyed chart success as post-hardcore punk rock bands, while headliner 3OH!3 has emerged as a synergetic blender of pop, rock, and rap sounds.
“It’s really nice to hear. … It’s not boring,” Garcia said.
Taking Back Sunday, formed in Amityville, Long Island, in 1999, is a hardcore alternative band featuring dueling vocals and intense guitar riffs. The band has released four albums since 2002, and a fifth one is expected to be released this year.
Even though the Maine was formed just four years ago in Tempe, Ariz., the musicians have already released three studio albums. The band’s most successful album, “Black & White” debuted in the
top 20 on the Billboard charts, and established the group as a prominent new voice in the alternative punk rock music scene.
Jack’s Mannequin has been together since 2004 and was formed in Orange County, Calif., by the lead singer of Something Corporate. The band has released two studio albums and a third, “People and Things,” is expected to be released this year.
3OH!3 is a two-member music group known for its innovative electronic pop sounds and catchy lyrics. Founding members Sean Foreman and Nathaniel “Nat” Mottie created music in Foreman’s parents’ basement and marketed via MySpace. They self-released an album in 2007, which was picked up by an indie record label. Although their breakout hit has been the single, “Don’t Trust Me,” they have collaborated with other major pop stars on songs, including Lady Gaga, and continue to make it onto the Billboard charts.
Danielle Perez, 20, is a music omnivore and has been a fan of most of the Nest Fest bands since high school. She is still not sure if she will make it to the concert, but is curious to see the performances.
“I feel that when you see a live band you are excited to see if they are going to be better or worse,” she said.
She recommends students who are upset with this year’s lineup should try to get involved in next year’s planning process.
“If you want to have a say in the selection of the bands get on the (programming) board,” Garcia said.