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B.o.B, Slums of Harvard and Indigo Waves wow the crowd at UNM Fiestas

Fiestas, an event organized by the Associated Students at the University of New Mexico, took place on Johnson Field on Saturday, Apr. 6. The event featured many talented artists in the lineup and closed with headliner, B.o.B.

Albuquerque local band, “Slums of Harvard,” took the stage, busting out some of their most popular songs and giving the crowd their renditions of songs by other artists, such as “Holiday” by "Green Day," “Dirty Little Secret” by "The All-American Rejects" and “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by "Fall Out Boy."

Funk band “The Mango Cakes” kicked off the show at 3 p.m., played a 45-minute set followed by "DJ The Red Panda" and indie-pop rock band "Red Light Cameras." Indie band “The Indigo Waves” braced the cold air to perform several songs, including "Ivory."

“My favorite part was probably just seeing so many people there having a good time and everyone dancing together. It was very cool,” Kassandra Carpenter said – a UNM student who experienced Fiestas for the first time on Saturday.

"B.o.B" took the stage last, playing a few of his greatest hits including “Nothin’ on You,” “Strange Clouds,” “Magic” and the crowd’s favorite, “Airplanes.”

Students packed in tight for a chance to see "B.o.B" up close and sing along. A few UNM students were invited onstage by the rapper to be backup dancers.

Despite the high winds and cold temperatures, Fiestas was packed with people. However, Shelby Hughes, a senior at UNM, felt it lacked some of the draws last year’s event had.

“Last year’s Fiestas had more to do, such as bouncy castles and an art exhibit to take pictures at, and it felt like there were less options for student interaction this year,” Hughes said.

Hundreds of students attended, even Lobo Louie who made an appearance, rocking out with the guitarists from "Slums of Harvard" and hanging out with the students in the crowd.

“Obviously 'B.o.B' was my favorite part of Fiestas, but 'Indigo Waves' were definitely the runner-up. I loved the way they interacted with us as students and were so personable and funny,” Hughes said.

Maria Fernandez is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at

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