A Brief History
Lisa Fuglie is credited for the idea of Cornstock, which was first held in April 1989. The first Cornstock was co-sponsored by the Campus Entertainment Commission and the Inter-Hall Council, and each dormitory supplied funds so students would not have to pay to attend the event.
For more than a decade, Cornstock was held on Olin Hill and featured mainly local artists. In its early years, the event was a daylong affair lasting from around noon until the late afternoon or early evening. By 1991, the event had grown in popularity and saw record attendance of 1,200.
Cornstock has also regularly sought to raise awareness or funding for a particular cause such as food drives, Earth Day or breast cancer. In 1994, the event was shortened in length and brought in national and regional bands to help with attendance, which increased to 2,500 in 1996.
By the late 1990s, the turnout was dropping because the event was not holding the sustained attention of attendees, especially with lesser-known artists. The event was changed to an evening concert with one band, and tickets were sold to the community to generate more interest. The venue also changed in the 2000s with many of the Cornstock concerts held at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
Throughout the 2000s and even into the 2010s, the event has continued to change in its makeup. Contests, games and other additional forms of entertainment and activities have been added. The planning team has continued to please the student body by bringing in headliners along with more local bands. A consistent goal of the Campus Entertainment Commission is to find the best performers they can and remain on budget.
|2020||Event cancelled due to COVID-19|
|2019||COIN, Lauren Sanderson, Sa-Roc, DJ Slick|
|2018||AJR, Caroline Smith, deM atlaS|
|2017||Relient K, Hippocampus|
|2016||MKTO, PJ, My Body Sings Electric|
|2015||The Ready Set, Chiddy Bang|
|2014||Ben Rector, Hoodie Allen|
|2013||Karmin, Dessa, Rhythm and Snooze|
|2012||DJ Earworm, Atmosphere|
|2011||Joey Ryan & the Inks, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps, OK Go|
|2009||Swimming with Dolphins, Ready Goes, HelloGoodbye|
|2008||This World Fair, Amber Pacific, The Spell Canvas|
|2007||CAKE, Ari Herstand|
|2006||OK Go, Plain White T's|
|2005||Brakelazy, Oleander, Default|
|2004||American Hi-Fi, Phantom Planet, Davis?|
|2001||Blessed Union of Souls, Mason Jennings|
|2000||3 Minute Hero, Tim Mahoney & the Blue Meenies, Honeydogs, Domestic Problems, Bobby Llama|
|1999||The Samples, Bobby Llama|
|1998||Jordy and the Stormtroopers, Jayhawks, Best Fight Story, Domo, Zaius|
|1997||Beatitcs, Semisonic, The Hardways|
|1996||Poi Dog Pondering, Tina & the B-Sides|
|1993||Trip Shakespeare, Martin Zellar|
|1991||Gear Daddies, Farm Accident|
|1990||Simporana Chrominoi, Rotten Jello, The Bends, Margo’s Forehead, The Crowd, Those Lamplighters|
|1989||The Jive Monkeys, Fire Under Water, Roughboy, Cat Shoes, The Crowd, Idol Thread|