Hoot/Wisdom Recordings’ to host Hootstock band showcase

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings is set to celebrate the release of its 4th volume of CompOWLation this Friday at the Burrow Bar & Grill


Courtesy of Hoot/Wisdom recordings.

Emily Creighton, Features Editor

Disclaimer: One of the members of Fuzzhound, Jake Stuart, is a current member of the UP and Austen Erblat is a former member of the UP.

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, Florida Atlantic’s student-run record label, will be hosting its second annual “Hootstock”  music showcase on Friday, March 13 at 3 p.m. in the Boca Raton campus’ Burrow Bar & Grill.

This is not to be confused with the similarly-named OWLstock, hosted on the Jupiter campus last February by the Jupiter Program Board. Hootstock instead will promote the release of the label’s “CompOWLation Volume Four” — an album featuring student-artists and their original compositions.

“As an artist on the label I am very proud of the new ‘compOWLation,’” says Hoot/Wisdom’s Sean Dough, whose track “Doing Great” is on the album. “Each year the project continues to progress and diversify by showcasing FAU’s raw musical talent.”

The first Hootstock was held by the Program Board and Owl Radio several years back in 2008. It presented 12 different bands on the Housing Lawn “to bring people together and have them share this experience along with the bands performing,” according to a previous UP story. It was more of a battle of the bands competition.

After a five year hiatus, Hootstock came back April 2013 at the outdoor theater and hosted four different bands playing a range of music, from indie to rock for an audience of approximately 150 people.  At the time, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings was celebrating the release of “CompOWLation Volume Three.”

Courtesy of Fuzzhound's Facebook Page.
Courtesy of Fuzzhound’s Facebook Page.

“The original plan was to have the concert in the outdoors amphitheater as we have in the past. This gives it a music festival kinda vibe, similar to what we would like to imagine Woodstock was like,” says Hoot/Wisdom president Matt Smith about this year’s event.

But even with the venue change, Smith predicts a similar turnout with around 100 people. “What’s cooler than watching your friends kill it on stage?” he says. “Some of the people we have performing are so talented that people are going to really enjoy watching them.”

This year’s event is to host three bands, all featured on the new album. The first of which will be Fuzzhound, a psychedelic/hard rock group from Boca, scheduled to play from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

“‘CompOWLation’ is a great accomplishment for the university and the students in the music program. We [Fuzzhound] are super stoked to play Hootstock alongside our friends in Smith Sundy and Beauty to the Moon,” says Jordan Duke, the band’s tenor saxophone and keyboard player. “We plan to debut some new tunes at the show and hope it’s a good time for everyone.”

Up next, playing from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., will be Fort Lauderdale-based Beauty to the Moon with a progressive rock sound. “We are looking forward to playing!” said guitarist Michael Haddox on behalf of the band. “Bring your girlfriends, bring your mom, bring your mom’s girlfriend!”

Lastly, rounding out the evening from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. will be Smith Sundy, a progressive/psychedelic rock group also from Boca. The band was unable to be reached for comment.

Smith advises, “for the people who are unsure: attend. You won’t be disappointed. These are genuinely some of the most talented bands in South Florida. I promise you there’s nothing more exciting going on on-campus from 3:30-6:30 that day.”

Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the album will be available for purchase during the event. For more information, check out the Hootstock Facebook page.

Johan Sebastian contributed to the reporting of this story.