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 CEC (now Campus Events Commission) is to find the best performers they can and remain on budget.

Past Performances

2024 Walking Phoenix, Bea Miller
2023 Carless Vibez, Plain White T's
2022 lovelytheband, Aint Afraid, The Shackletons
2021 Canceled due to COVID-19
2020 Canceled 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
2010 Safetysuit, Mae
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?
2003 Semisonic
2002 Run DMC
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
1995 Madder Rose
1994 The Connells
1993 Trip Shakespeare, Martin Zellar
1992 Another Carnival
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