West Virginia Universitys ninth annual FallFest will welcome students back to campus on Monday, Aug. 18, with a free concert, film festival and dance party. The plaza stage will play host to 3 Doors Down, Default, Black Eyed Peas, North Mississippi AllStars and The C.O.Z.

FallFest has such an amazing atmospheregreat crowds, great musicand this year is no different,explains WVU Arts&Entertainment Student Director Meghan Fox.Were very excited about this years line-up because of the variety. This is a great way to start out the year.

3 Doors Down burst onto the alternative rock scene in 2000 with their hit singleKryptonite.Their debut album, The Better Life, sold more than six million copies, broke into the Billboard Top 10, garnered a Grammy nomination, and produced a total of four No. 1 hits, includingLoserandDuck and Run.The groups follow-up, the platinum Away from the Sun, produced the No. 1 multi-format hitWhen Im Gone,and their latest single,Here Without Youis climbing the charts.

Vancouver hard-rockers Default is one of rocks fastest emerging bands. In addition to receiving the Billboard Music Awards nomination forBest Rock Trackof 2002, Default has also received BMI s Pop Award for the most song airplay on U.S. radio. With the hitsWasting My TimeandDenyoff their debut album, The Fallout, this group promises to deliver a great performance.

L.A.s hip-hop, alterna-rap group Black Eyed Peas has three albums to their credit including Bridging the Gap, and Behind the Front. Their recently-released Elephunk, which features collaborations with Papa Roach and Justin Timberlake, has produced the hit remake ofWhere is the Lovecurrently in the top 10 on Billboards Hot 100. The group also recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

North Mississippi AllStarsdebut southern-blues album Shake Hands with Shorty was declareda formidable and mesmerizing forceby Rolling Stone. Their second album, 51 Phantom, produced the hitsStormandLeavin.Both albums earned the group Grammy nominations, and their current album, Polaris, is a culmination of all types of music the band can playHill Country blues, gospel, and psychedelic pop. The result is what the band callsa whole new kind of Southern Rock.

The plaza concert, FallFests signature event, gets underway at 6 p.m. with Morgantowns own The C.O.Z. This group, known to WVUp All Night crowds as Nakd Jakob, promises to deliver a unique modern rock style and a host of original material.

Next to take the stage will be North Mississippi Allstars at 6:45 p.m. Black Eyed Peas will begin their set at 8 p.m., followed by Default at 9:30 p.m. 3 Doors Down will take the plaza stage for the final performance of the evening at 11 p.m.

In addition to the plaza concert, WVU students can enjoy a dance party in the Mountainlair Ballrooms hosted by DJ Envy. Donned theMix Tape Assassin,Envy has churned out four volumes of material, including the music of Cam’ron, Beanie Siegel, Jay-Z and the Lox. He is also known for hisSopranosmix tape series. DJ Envy is set to begin at 10 p.m.

The Gluck Theatre will host a film festival beginning at 4 p.m. with Enough, followed by The Sum of All Fears at 6:30 p.m., Maid in Manhattan at 9 p.m., and Daredevil at 11 p.m. Admission for all films is free. No ticket is required.

Legal beverages will be available to students 21 and older. Alternative beverages and food will also be available. University buses will run until 2 a.m., and the PRT will run on its normal schedule. No coolers, hard containers, laser pointers, cameras, video cameras, or pets are permitted.

A number of parking and traffic restrictions will be enforced on Monday, Aug. 18. Parking will be prohibited on West Prospect Street between University Avenue and North High Street. Parking will also be prohibited on North High Street between West Prospect and Fife Streets. Both traffic and parking will be prohibited on Maiden Lane beginning at 5 p.m. North High Street will be CLOSED from 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

FallFest 2003 activities are FREE to WVU students with valid WVU Student IDs. For more event information, call 293-4406 or visit Arts&Entertainment online athttp://www.events.wvu.edu. This event is produced by WVU Arts&Entertainment.