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R&C Tent Party Recap

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If you’ve never stayed for Reunion & Commencement weekend, the idea of a party in a tent might have raised an eyebrow; but those who are familiar with the event surely know better. The annual tent party was located in a ginormous tent on Andrus, which, to my terribly inaccurate estimation, felt even larger than a football field. The music was performed by a band featuring several Wes alums, Kinky Spigot and the Welders, known as “an unstoppable cosmic force of booty-crunching goodness” who certainly didn’t disappoint.

Scenes From the Tent Party: The Heems-Miranda-MGMT Alumni Complex

Q: What’s more Wesleyan than a Commencement Eve Tent Party featuring cameos by Das Racist’s Himanshu “Heems” Suri ’07, playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, and a wedding-style funk cover of “Kids”? A: Probably nothing. We’re late on posting this, but hey, it’s summer, we straight-chillin’.

We don’t have video of Heems dropping a brief verse before flailing around the back of the stage, but we do have a clip of a funkified “Kids,” as performed by Kinky Spigot and the Welders (Lillian Ruiz ’08, Nicole Tirado Strayer ’07, Amanda Facelle ’09, Marlon Bishop ’07, Vlad Gutkovich ’07, Yoni Rabino ’07, Jon Hutchinson ’07, and Tess Amodeo-Vickery ’07). Scroll through the gallery below for a key shot of Heems bonding with Wesleying’s own viral star Kill-F Feinstein ’13.

In semi-related news, Miranda ’02 gave a talk to the Wesleyan Alumni Association. Watch it here.

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Edit: An anonymous commenter writes in, “You forgot about the Party on Fountain girl, who I’m pretty sure stagedived during this song.” Yes! I didn’t spot her, but both A-Batte (via text message) and Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 (via Twitter) mentioned sightings of Molly ’06, the star of “Party on Fountain.” Can someone do a retrospective WesCeleb interview?

Mad Wow Releases New EP, Rawks Tent Party

Mad Wow, the celebrated soul/funk/jazz/whatever ensemble whose recent final show blowout party resulted in a mass musical parade outside Beckham last month, has a new four-track EP out. Spoiler alert: it’s prtttty funky! I recommend “You’re Gonna Lose Me” (not to be confused with “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” or “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” or “Never Gonna Give You Up,” which Mad Wow should totally consider covering on its massive 2021 world tour reunion). Name Your Price Dot Bandcamp Dot Com!

Speaking of reunions, Mad Wow’s apparently not dead after all. The group rose from the dead this past Saturday night to rock Reunion & Commencement weekend’s raucous Tent Party (see: Michael Roth gettin’ jiggy with it, 2010). Here’s “Fuck You”: