Rebel HD2 hosts RebFest Music & Arts Festival

Games, informational booths, food trucks and a stage was set up for RebFest. Photo by Kalin Sipes.

One of the highlights of UNLV’s minority-serving institution week was RebFest 2023. On March 2, The Rebel HD2 in conjunction with the MSI Student Council, invited students, staff and community members for a night to remember. Attendees enjoyed a night of free food from local vendors as well as games, entertainment and live music. 

This is the second year Rebfest was hosted, as it was canceled for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Students were excited to see this year’s event and enjoyed the vibes of the night. Lit Reeezy headlined followed by a host of performances from up-and-coming local artists including Lil Tapz, Maejoy, lowercase.exe, and more. 

Armani Lingo adds his thoughts on why he attended. “The main reason why I came here was for the food and also for the music. They have Lit Reeezy playing tonight and I’m a huge fan. So I’m excited to see him perform tonight.” 

Decorations around the event area represented each university student’s diverse culture. Rebel pride was spread while students played carnival games, ate food such as pizza, wings and waffles, and vibed the night away with friends and family watching the local entertainment. 

Ryan Gilder, president of The Rebel HD2 expressed joy for how everyone in the club as well as faculty advisors such as Dr. Ashton Ridley helped bring this event together. 

“This event took a lot of cooperation with all the staff of The Rebel HD2 and so it was a real collaborative effort for getting the vendors set up, getting all the musicians, all the performers out, food vendors, and all the games out. It was a real group effort. I have to thank my executive board of Diego Fernandez, Jordan McCray and Angelo Scaturro for really helping me on the setup.” Gilder said.

UNLV student, Jay James, was drawn to the event while eating in the dining hall. “I saw the flier in the dining hall and wanted to come out with friends and have a good time,” said James

James was interested in the event initially because The Rebel HD2 was voted best new radio station in 2017 by Las Vegas Weekly. They stated that their interest in the station stemmed from HD2 being Nevada’s only student-run and professionally advised radio station.

“I have been interested in radio and wanted to learn more about the radio station and how I can join, this was the perfect opportunity.” said James.

Students interested in learning more about MSI and The Rebel HD2 events are invited to check the UNLV Involvement Center as well as MSI’s and The Rebel HD2’s Instagram pages at: @unlv_msisc and @therebelhd2.


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