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ResLife Creates New Regulation Governing Program Houses’ Abilities to Host Concerts, Parties

After confusing deliberations between the administration and ResLife student staff, program houses can now host only as many concerts and parties as it hosts program-specific events.

Earth House

The Office of Residential Life has imposed a new policy governing the use of Program Houses as concert and party venues for the Fall 2016 semester. The new policy states that Program Houses are permitted to host one concert or social event for every mission-based program held each month.

What is a mission-based program? Well, each program house on campus has a Mission Statement that can be found on ResLife’s website, and mission-based programs are events that are organized by either the House Manager or other residents of the house and reported to ResLife as contributing to that particular house’s mission. These events are just one of many factors that ResLife considers when evaluating whether a house can remain in good standing with the University and thus keep its program housing status.

As per the factors linked above, HMs must report/organize at least 3 mission-based programs each month. I reached out to the director of ResLife, Fran Koerting, for a statement of the policy and its implications. Based on her research, the new policy should not have any effect on the number of concerts held on campus on any given weekend. Read on for her statement in-full:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Wesleyan’s Music Scene

This is an update of my post from last year. Q wrote about this in 2013 and 2014. Some things have changed, but the scene here is still ‘unique, zealous, and sweaty.’

Delilah Seligman '16, Chris Sailor '16, Daniel Pope '16, and Harim Jung '16 performing at Middle House as Evil Deceiver, 5/4/2016

Delilah Seligman ’16, Chris Sailor ’16, Daniel Pope ’16, and Harim Jung ’16 performing at Middle House as Evil Deceiver, 5/4/2016

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

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 ’98the 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.

WESU Concert: Tracy Grammer @ Earth House


From the incredible Ben Goldberg ’17:

Come to Earth House this Saturday night for a WESU-sponsored acoustic set from folk singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer! Start your night off listening to some amazing songs with great people in a great space (and maybe some tea too!)

Tracy Grammer is an acclaimed folk singer-songwriter who rose to acclaim as half of the folk duo Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, where they released three incredible albums and went on tour with Joan Baez. Now, after Dave Carter’s death in 2002, Tracy Grammer continues to perform his songs in addition to writing her own. As a masterful storyteller, she has become one of New England’s most beloved folk artists, singing songs that both pull on your heart strings and make you smile. Daniel Pope (’16), an acoustic singer-songwriter following his EP “What a Strange and Vulgar Thing” last spring, will be opening.

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Place: Earth House
Facebook event

Disney Music Concert @ Art/Music House

bc08210c19369c3f19c69e1880f89165From Adam Rochelle ’17:

This Saturday, student band and lovers of all things goofy Rui Barbosa team up with a bunch of friends to play a big concert of Disney music. Come rock out to songs from The Lion King, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and more!

Opening the show is the debut performance of neo-soul group Hoatzin.

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 10:00pm-1:00am
Place: Art/Music House (230 Washington St.)

powerdove @ memorial chapel

powerdove_coverFrom Ryden Nelson ’16:

Annie Lewandowski will perform a solo show of “music oscillating between gentle madness and mutant avant-garde” (Longuer D’ondes). It sounds like this: https://powerdove.bandcamp.com/

Openers are Plein Air, Pderrijerreo, and Hannah Judd.

facebooj event: https://www.facebook.com/events/870746606375708/

Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 9:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free

All Dogs and Tiny Rick at Earth House


Ethan Hill ’16 writes in:


~ all dogs ~ are a loud pop band from columbus ohio who will make you feel serious feelings
~ tiny rick ~ will get your feet moving and ears bleeding in equal measure

earth house // thursday // nine o’clock
*will be ending at eleven, so you best not dawdle*

Date: Thursday, November 5 — today !
Time: 9-11 PM
Place: Earth House
Facebook event

Yairms / AlhhlA / Family Planning / Sloopy Coos Canyon

From Angus Macdonald ’16:

3 or 4 bands, depending on how you count! Yairms and AlhhlA just released a split record that is weird and fun and normal and great. It’s also super rocking to boot! Family Planning is “thorny runs, hazy chords, free-floating grooves, infinitesimal spasms, dribs and drabs of this and that. A baby, an ugly pig’s head, a dancing monster, a yellow raincoat, a high grav forty, and a thousand cakes.” Sloopy Coos Canyon is Erin McGrath 16, Nicole RJ ’16, and (sometimes) Luke Macdona ’17. They sound the way that the color orange looks!

Link: http://yairms.bandcamp.com/

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 9:30 PM to 2:00 AM
Place: Art House

T-pain Will Perform during Senior Week

Senior week, a time for major debauchery and self-reflection, will be enhanced this year by T-pain, the background music to many of our first handjobs.

The senior class got a survey a couple weeks ago asking for senior week performer preferences. According to Jenna Starr ’15, the senior class council president, T-pain came in first with Charlie XCX second out of 650 responses. The show is on May 21st at 7 pm at the Webster Theater in Hartford (in a private room rented out for 1250 people–probably will avoid the big Wesleyan concert debacles of the past). There’s FREE CHIPOTLE! Also buses to take people to Hartford. This isn’t quite senior cocktails (R.I.P.) but T-pain will probably play “Bartender.”

More info from Starr about who can attend the show:

CONCERT @ Farm House – Marigo Farr

Brooklyn natives, Marigo Farr and Jackie Dodd, are making the trek through the snow to come to Wesleyan and play a very special ~ one time only ~ concert at Farm House this Friday! At the show, you can expect to sing along (YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY – SING ALONG), dance a little, laugh even more, and best of all – learn how to make kimchi (no joke).

Marigo has been writing tunes since she was a little kid and has now produced three albums. Her songs are chock full of beautiful melodies and quirky lyrics. Listen to her music on Bandcamp.

Date: Tonight, Friday, February 13
Time: 9-11:30 PM
Place: Farm House

Midnight Snack @ Buho tonight

I just heard word of a concert that you might not know about.  Midnight Snack, an art Rock jam band based out of Boston is playing at Buddhist House at 8:30pm tonight.  The amazing Robert’s Don will be opening the show.  Check out the sweet tunes here. This will be a sweet one you’re surely not gonna to want to miss!

When: Wednesday at 8:30 pm
Where: Buddhist House
Cost: Zero dollars