As you probably know by now, there is a fun event coming up this weekend called The MASH. The MASH is a performance event that happens every year during the first week of classes. It provides spaces and resources for different bands, singers, and artists to share their talent. Shoutout to Harrison Nir ’19, the student intern who has done a ton of work to make this event happen this year, and also Hanna Orovec, the staff member in the CFA that oversees the event. Give Josh‘s post a read if you want to know more about how this all came together. All of the groups that perform are Wesleyan affiliated, whether it be alumni bands like the one Michael Roth ’78 is in, faculty artists, or new ensembles like Good Morning Connecticut (GMCT). Below are some short interviews of student bands, including the aforementioned group GMCT, and another called Bonanza. We’ve also got some words from bassist Johnnie Gilmore ’18.
From Music House:
Three bands. Amazing Night. Literally crazy lights! Norah and Anne :)
If you say no, I don’t get why????
Date: Friday, May 5
Place: Music House
The more I talk to college kids at other schools, the more I realize how much the music scene at Wesleyan sets itself apart. Though we have them, we are not confined to house parties and bars — there’s music nearly every day, all week. Often, there’s so much music that you can’t possibly go to it all, but you try anyway.
Once things get going, there are 3-5 concerts every weekend, sometimes even multiple shows a night. I’ve seen more bands than I have the energy to count with more variety than I can quantify simply by wandering around at Wesleyan on a given weekend. The folks who book shows at Wesleyan work very hard to bring in all kinds of groups, well-known or just emerging, from punk to dance, and usually put one or two solid student bands on the list.
Many student bands have gone on to greater things, like Overcoats, Heems (Himanshu Suri ’07) of Das Racist (Suri and Victor Vasquez ’06), Novelty Daughter, Amanda Palmer ’98, the Rooks, Henry Hall ’14 of Grand Cousin (RIP), AND MORE.
Seriously. It’s very special. What’s even better is that 95% of this stuff is totally free.
Do you have questions like “How do I find out what’s going on?” or “How do I find people to play music with?” or “Where can I go to concerts?”, this is the post for you.
Brew Bakers is looking for a band to play chill acoustic music on weekends (at both the main restaurant and the new cafe location). In the past they’ve had student bands perform and found that customers really love it. Though this wouldn’t be a paid thing, previous student bands that played there received generous tips. It’s meant to be background music while people chat and eat so please no drums or anything too intense. If you are interested, please contact me or Brew Baker’s owner Eloise Tencher: mybrewbakers[at]gmail[dot]com
Date: February 17th through May 31st, 2016
Place: Brew Bakers
An ~updated message~ from Zachary Roach ’17:
Burlington, VT pop juggernaut, Madaila, will be making its first appearance at Wesleyan to promote their debut record, “The Dance.”
Date: Thursday, November 19th
NEW Time: 9 PM
NEW Place: Alpha Delt main room
Want to be a part of Long Lane Farm’s annual Pumpkin Fest, a celebration of autumn with music, arts & crafts, and food? We’re looking for student groups to table and bands to play! The date is set for Saturday October 17.
If your student group would like a table, email kngilbert[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
If any bands are interested in playing, we still have a few spots! Contact afineman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Respond soon to guarantee a spot!
Date: Saturday, October 17
Place: Long Lane Farm
Today, from 4:30–6:00 p.m., six bands of complete strangers will perform at Eclectic. Each group will perform one cover and one original song composed over the past two days, both of which songs will treat the project’s theme: MAPS.
We’d love to see you there!
Here follow the bands:
Angus MacDonald ’15 wants to blurt out at the top of his lungs:
Hey, like money?????
Now you can get some! Join the Wesleyan Sound Co-op and make
~~~~SWEET BABY GREEN BACKS~~~~~
by setting up sound at concerts! That means you get to watch a dope concert at the same time!!!!!
No prior experience is necessary.
Date: Saturday February 1st.
Cost: YOU’LL MAKE MONEY
Courtesy of Greg Foley ’16:
White Suns is going to play a show at Art House on Friday. Pyka will open up starting at 10:30.
Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 10:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: Art House