Last night at Eclectic, seven Wesleyan bands kept the crowd raging and vibing for almost three straight hours. The bands performed in the following order: Girl#$wag, Molly Rocket and the Crooks, O Presidente, The Japanese, Robert’s Don, Grand Cousin, and Treasure Island.
Girl#$wag began the show at around 9:30 p.m. to a large crowd of fist-pumpers and ragers. A bit more mellow acts followed after, but still maintained a vibrant crowd throughout. I ran away from the mosh pits that formed during The Japanese’s performance.
After a slow but incredible performance from Robert’s Don, things took a turn as established campus acts Grand Cousin and Treasure Island got the crowd jumping for every second.
If you don’t know already, the winning band gets to perform as the opener for Spring Fling. The thirteen-some judges stayed for the entirety of the show and deliberated afterwards which band would take the prize. (Disclosure: This blogger was among them.) After considering many different criteria, such as which band would translate well outdoors, get people dancing, excite the crowd for the rest of the concert, and more, the judges, myself including, held a vote and Girl#$wag came out on top.
Interestingly enough, this was the band’s first show ever, which definitely speaks to their potential. Moreover, the band’s lead singer Emma Daniels ’13, also of Blooming Youth, is without a doubt going to add that female flair Ally Bernstein ’13 and others were looking for.
A few of the bands will be performing again tomorrow for WestCo’s Zonker Harris Day music fest, so check them out.
Here are some photos from the night (I apologize for the wack quality and disproportionate number of photos for each band):