FARMINGTON — San Juan College's first World Music Festival is expected to bring some international flavor to this city.
With three national bands and three local bands preparing to take the stage Saturday in the Learning Commons Plaza of the Farmington campus, the line-up will bring together many music genres from countries across the world for a one-day festival.
Director of student activities Marcia Sterling said discussions about how to allocate student fees led members of the students activities board to research events for the summer session.
"They've been around and know what summer is like in Farmington," Sterling said. "We were thinking of music and the idea of a music festival grew into a world music festival."
Outgoing Associated Students of San Juan College vice president Shawn Jameson said the student activities board conducted surveys and students at the college indicated a strong interest in music.
"We wanted a different experience for the festival," Jameson said.
"Bringing World Fusion to the High Desert" starts with Ricardo Lemov and Makina Loca. Sterling said the act is bringing their fusion of African mixed beats with a full brass band to the stage. Nation Beat is a true fusion band, merging Brazilian drumming with American music like funk and country blues.
Three local acts were chosen after organizers solicited demos from around the area. The acts are Wyatt Graner, a Farmington solo artist who is a regular at the college's open mic nights along with Big'ins, a Celtic band from Pagosa Springs, and the band Heirs to Outlaws, also of Farmington.
The entertainment starts at noon and lasts until dusk. Sterling said there would be little downtime between bands with a DJ playing music between sets. A number of campus clubs will raise funds by selling food. They will be joined by arts and crafts vendors.
With an aim at being family-friendly, volunteers will help staff the children's area with games and activities, outgoing associated students president Christina James said.
"We have a lot of arts and crafts," James said. "We'll be making kites, the outdoor adventure club will help us with events."
James said the children's area will the coolest place to chill with shade and water misters set up to help beat the heat.