Incoming first years are instructed to be excited for two things: Halloween and Spring Weekend. They are also told that even though it’s called “Spring Weekend,” it’s really “Spring Week,” and a man named Binder will jump around with an acoustic guitar and change our lives forever.
Spring Week is in full swing. It’s hard to imagine the Main Green, which has recently resembled the kingdom of Arendelle, flooded with students in frat star tanks and this season’s Coachella-est denim. Believe it or not, it’s about to begin, and Blog wants to help you prepare.
We put out a survey where first years (and other noobs) could ask any and all questions they had about Spring Week(end) anonymously, and then had our most weathered finest upperclassmen on staff answer them. Before we begin the Q&A, just remember—take it all in, because this may well be the best weekend of your entire life. No pressure, though.
Q:I am going to have to miss Spring Weekend. How do I cope with this loss?
Dave Binder is a Brunonian legend and a good friend of BlogDailyHerald. Coming on his 28th year performing during Brown’s Spring Weekend festivities, he’s practically royalty. So when we touched base with him and asked if there was anything he wanted to share with the very Brown students who will be bowing at his feet on Sunday afternoon, he told us to relay this exclusive and important message to you all.
Happy Spring Week! Trust the process, and you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.
(To newbies/freshmen: read up on Dave Binder here.)
With his oversized frames and propensity for knitwear, Dan Deacon might come off as a relic from the days four to five years ago when ‘hipster’ was still a valid social label. Yet looks can be deceiving. His unkempt beard screams dilettante, but his electronic compositions scream transistor-loving Beethoven. In his concerts, he becomes a conductor of a full synthetic orchestra and as well as the party motivator every Bar Mitzvah yearns for. You can’t sit down during a Dan Deacon show—it is nearly impossible. In other words, that typical Saturday grogginess should be no problem as long as you catch his set. Continue Reading
Notice something strange embedded in BCA’s announcements regarding Monday’s Spring Weekend ticket sale? Besides the usual rules about how many tickets are on sale, and when, it seems that ticket prices have increased $5 from last year’s $15.
What could have caused this increase? Did BCA have to blow the budget due to Dan Deacon’s completely irrational demands for what amenities needed to be available for him?* Is Paxson taking a 5% commission on the whole thing? We reached out to a member of BCA for comment, and got a fairly simple explanation for the price increase:
The ticket prices have increased this year because the money we get from UFB only funds the talent we bring, and we need to make up the rest with ticket sales. A higher talent budget means higher production, staging, and hospitality costs. Since it’s a non-profit event, we use our ticket sales to cover all production costs.
Now that we know our killer Spring Weekend lineup, it is time for BlogDH to give you a crash-course in all things Ms. Lauryn Hill. While you may have not heard her name since your finer elementary school days, you can be sure that this Saturday night headliner will not disappoint. Prepare yourself for a confident and passionate performer who will elicit a sea of snaps from an inebriated empowered crowd. This creative artist has helped mold the world of hip-hop and we could not be more excited that she is coming to Spring Weekend. (Mis)Educate yourself on the rap, R&B, and hip-hop goddess that is Lauryn Hill:
Singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and all around badass, Lauryn Noelle Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1975. According to Hill’s MTV bio, she grew up listening to her parents’ “multi-genre, multi-generational record collection,” which fueled her passion for music. Even from a young age, Hill was apparently a natural performer and occupied the stage of Harlem’s noteworthy Apollo Theater at the age of 13. Some other famous artists who got their start at the Apollo theater include Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Supremes, ,Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey. Hill also made an appearance in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and gave her some greater recognition for her musical talents.
In high school, Hill met Wyclef Jean’s cousin Prakazrel (Pras) Michel. Pras asked her to join his band called The Tranzlator Crew, which later became The Refugee Camp, which developed into the Fugees, playing on a derogatory name often given to Haitian-Americans. The Fugees got a record deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded two albums. Their album The Score, released in February 1996, contained their hit-single, “Killing Me Softly” and went multi-platinum.To this day, The Score is one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time.
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