SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band, 10 am
Kick off this year’s Festival of Books with special guests from the Los Angeles Times and USC and a performance by the Trojan Marching Band, one of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country.
USC Kaufman Students (dance performance) 11:40 am
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is at the forefront of developing a hybrid art form comprised of intersecting dance techniques expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography for the 21st century. Students will showcase the interdisciplinary, collaborative, and transformative approach to dance that is has been dubbed “The New Movement.”
The Trojan Men (musical performance—a cappella) 12:50 pm
With the swagger and style of Bruno Mars, the tight harmonies of Pentatonix, the groove and soul of Stevie Wonder, and the energy of Maroon 5, The Trojan Men are USC’s only all-male a cappella group. They perform at universities and auditoriums across the country, bringing with them a class, sophistication, and Trojan spirit uniquely their own.
Ashley Chanel (musical performance—R&B) 2 pm
With a butter-smooth R&B feel that’s laced in jazz and spiked with consciousness, Ashley Chanel has drawn comparisons to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Chanel graduated from USC in 2016, began recording her album in October 2017, and is currently preparing to go on her first tour in 2019.
Remi Wolf (musical performance—indie/soul/pop) 3:10 pm
Remi Wolf gained local fame in high school performing around the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles to further her growth in songwriting and artistry at the USC Thornton School of Music. She now is writing, producing, and performing her own music around Los Angeles.
I See Hawks in L.A. (musical performance—country/folk/rock) 4:20 pm
Their unique take on honky-tonk, psychedelic country rock, Celtic, and electrified two-step has made I See Hawks in L.A. the city’s leading country-folk-rock band. Noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and the ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and wry social commentary, they’ve gathered a loyal tribe around the globe.
Maddie Ross (musical performance—indie/pop) 5:30 pm
L.A.-based indie rocker Maddie Ross writes pop-punky love songs and guitar-driven anthems about her producer, co-writer, and longtime girlfriend Wolfy. Often performing under the influence of teen movies, Ross is known for high-energy performances and candid love songs about being queer and proud.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
The Trojan Marching Band (musical performance) 10 am
One of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, the USC Trojan Marching Band features more than 300 students from nearly every major at USC. In addition to rousing team spirit on campus, “The Spirit of Troy” has entertained audiences with jubilant music, precision drills, and crowd-pleasing dance routines at events and venues including the opening of the Metro Expo Line, the L.A. Auto Show, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Trafalgar Square.
The Trailblazers featuring Urban Voices Project and USC Thornton Students (musical performance—choir) 11:40 am
Comprised of singers from the Urban Voices Project—a Skid Row choir of artists who have experienced homelessness—and student musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music, the Trailblazers were born during a week of intensive music-making and story-sharing in fall 2018. Channeling strength through adversity and fellowship across divides, their performance will incorporate original creations alongside the Urban Voices repertoire of songs performed in the streets, parks, and missions of Skid Row.
Jensen McRae (musical performance—singer/songwriter) 12:50 pm
Jensen McRae is a Los Angeles–born singer-songwriter whose sound is evocative of Sara Bareilles and Tracy Chapman. An alum of GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles 2014 and a current senior majoring in popular music at the USC Thornton School of Music, McRae can also be heard at songwriter nights at the Hotel Café and the Fox and Hounds.
Ify Anene (musical performance—R&B) 2 pm
Ify Anene is a Los Angeles native, USC alumna, and R&B songstress who creates addictive melodies, produces luscious tunes, and crafts a unique take on the genre. Ify will play popular songs as well as her single, “When I’m With You.”
Lily Waters (musical performance—indie/alternative) 3:10 pm
The tormented vocals of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Gabbi Green and harmonic melodies of lead guitarist Robert Cifuentes electrify a wide range of musical styles and influences, including blues (Etta James, Muddy Waters, Amy Winehouse), rockabilly (Wanda Jackson), country pop (Patsy Cline), jazz (Billie Holiday, Nina Simone), indie (Cat Power, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), shoegaze (Mazzy Star), and psychedelic rock (Jimi Hendrix).
SoCal VoCals (musical performance—a cappella) 4:20 pm
Founded in 1996, the SoCal VoCals are the oldest a cappella group at the University of Southern California. The group’s signature achievement is winning the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella five times, most recently in 2018. The VoCals have released eight studio albums to date, and they have had tracks featured on Voices Only and BOCA as well as a music video.