Each year, amid the incoming flurry of freshmen trying to locate Wriston in groups of no fewer than ten and the aloof pockets of seniors spurning campus in favor of shadier spots like “Transit St.,” Brown Concert Agency’s Fall Concert seems to come out of nowhere. As a single-night event (without the debauched reputation of Spring Weekend) featuring smaller-name bands, the thrill of finding out about the underpublicized Fall Concert is usually accompanied by the thrill of finding out there are still tickets available. Perhaps the epitome of BCA’s fall shows, at least in recent memory, was Big Boi’s 2010 performance—and Real Estate in 2011 was nothing to scoff at.
This year, however, BCA’s Fall Concert will not creep up on us as it has in the past. Not because they are doing a better job spreading the word, but rather because there will be no Fall Concert at all!
Aside: This is reminiscent of the cheesy joke Woody Allen tells in the opening sequence of Annie Hall: Two elderly woman are at a Catskill Mountain Resort (jokes are all in the details), and one of them says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know. And such small portions.” In other words, we all spend plenty of time complaining about BCA’s choices when it comes to acts, and even more time grousing about incompetence when it comes to technology. But our complaints about their performance aren’t going to keep us from whining again when they deliver less of it.
But in fairness to our friends at BCA, the Agency is sacrificing its fall show in order to spend more money on Spring Weekend ’14, which after all, will coincide with Brown’s 250th Anniversary. In its statement to Blog, BCA expressed its regret, but mentioned that in addition to delivering a better Spring Weekend, it is focusing energy on its Speakeasy series, which gives student musicians opportunities to perform on campus. So, the cancellation is not necessarily a bad business decision, particularly considering the event’s historically poor attendance record. But as far as April is concerned: BCA, the pressure is on!