“So play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘Cause even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing”
After a mysterious week or so of trying to guess exactly what this Humanity Festival was all about— between the unexplained promotions, the flyers, and the recruitment — the one constant was the promised presence of Amanda Palmer ’98. And, combined with the excellent organizing efforts of Raechel Rosen ’15, that was more than enough to draw a huge crowd onto Foss Hill this past Saturday afternoon for the “one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.”
After performances by Don Minott, a group comprised of Jess Best ’14, Mel Hsu ’13, and Sam Friedman ’13, Siren, and Oz Rhys Langston & Izzy, Palmer finally arrived, unaccompanied except for her ukulele. After releasing Theatre is Evil this past year, Palmer booked herself for a large slew of international shows with her new backing band, The Grand Theft Orchestra. Here, though, was more like a large scale, heavily-planned ninja gig. Like her impromptu performance in 2011 at Eclectic, her appearance at the Humanity Festival was an intimate affair, despite the large crowd. Her stage was just a few carpets on the grass, a monitor, some speakers, and a stool. Her orchestra was that beaten-up ukulele.
Some commentary, some more photographs, and a high-quality recording of the entire performance (!) after the jump.
If you’re a senior and you’re reading this: you’re too drunk or too tired to read this (or both). Go to bed. Otherwise, check out this big thingamajig that Raechel Rosen ’15 has put together, apparently with some inspiration from Dar Williams ’89:
Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity
against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.
Foss Hill. Saturday. 3:00 pm. Come dance,sing, discuss, and smile
- Amanda Palmer
- Don Minott (with Wesleyan student accompaniment including Matt
- Chillton, Leo Grossman, Zach Kantor, Angus Macdonald, and Jacob Masters)
- Jess Best, Mel Hsu & Sam Friedman
- Oz, Rhys Langston, & Izzy
Along with many talented spoken word artists. There will be time
between sets, called SOAP BOX, for members of the audience to say
their piece about the divisions present in the Wesleyan and greater
Sponsored by Gibson Guitars and the 1Love foundation.
Date: Tomorrow, April 13th
Time: 3 PM
Place: Foss Hill
From Raechel Rosen ’15:
Come check out all these poppin bands with sassy female singers!!!
THE NEW SCHOOL: Wesleyan’s newest hip-hop group, a fusion of contemporary jazz harmonies with classic backbeat grooves and fresh phrase logics.
SIREN: AKA The Bee Gees
SKY BARS: Let me be your stimulation
I could be your occupation
Work you like a 9 to 5
Plus put it that over time
Date: Tonight, Feb 22
Time: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Place: Buddhist House