Big news in the incoming-concert knowledge world! As part of their “The People’s Champions Tour,” Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique are bringing their duo act to The Met in Pawtucket on the night of April 17th. Does that date sound familiar? Why yes, that is the Friday of Spring Weekend 2015. Now, we don’t know what BCA has in store for that night (yet), but this is the first time in recent memory that Spring Weekend has had to go up against major nearby musical acts. Just Coachella. Fuck Coachella.
Student bands Butter, Sad Family, and richard will perform in tonight’s speakeasy, presented by the Brown Concert Agency (BCA). The show promises to be an excellent showcase of some of the incredible musical talent at Brown.
Butter features Peter Enriquez ’16, Marion Wellington ’16, Peter Frisch ’18, Kenny Volkmann ’16, and Alex Han ’17. The newly-formed quintet incorporates jazz influences into its own brand of funk/R&B; their sound is the culmination of musical passions that lie outside the lines of traditional genres. Riding the wave of their first single (which was released just last month), Butter has a lot of fresh, exciting tunes to share tonight. Expect some “joyful, saucy, funky music” during their set. For a preview of what’s to come, check out their Soundcloud profile and Facebook page.
Sad Family is a project created by Sophie Kasakove ’17, Patrick McMenamin ’17, Bailey Barton ’17, and Matt Marsico ’15. The band specializes in “sad wedding music that already predicts divorce, played while on speed” (in other words, “grungey spacey twee-pop”). This sonically-eccentric undertaking is pretty new–the band started rehearsing for the first time this semester and the speakeasy will be their third performance. Although their social media presence is yet to be established, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future shows and releases!
richard (lack of capitalization intended) is the largest ensemble of the night; band members include Wes Sanders ’15, Chloe Kibble ’17, Ana Gonzalez ’15, Arun Janssens ’15, Grant Meyer ’16, Peter Enriquez ’16, Sage deLisser ’15, Sumner Becker ’14, and Johnny Page ’17. The band’s orchestration, which includes turntables and euphonium, is almost as unique as its sound. The group’s “[grounding] in rawness” resonates in their compositions, covers and performances, creating a strain of dynamically funky acoustic-electronic hip-hop that thrives in live performance. For more information, check them out on Facebook.
Overall, tonight’s speakeasy is going to be quite a show. Take a break from
social exile the actual worst thing ever studying for finals and stop by the McCormack Auditorium (across from JWW) from 7:15 to 10:30p.m. to check out this awesome lineup of student bands!
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.
The word is in from down at The Whiskey Republic. Behold: your Spring Weekend 2014 lineup!
What Cheer? Brigade: Local favorite What Cheer? Brigade is back in the game after a great performance somewhere between the John Carter Brown library and Wilson Hall last Spring Weekend. Brown students rocked like mad to the 18-piece brass band’s unique sound. They’re so fierce, even Hurricane Irene (and the NYPD) couldn’t stop them. The lawn next to the John Carter Brown will be terrorized once again.
Chance the Rapper: Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, 20-year-old Chancellor Bennett (a.k.a. Chance the Rapper) is undoubtedly hip-hop’s 2013 breakout star. During a drug-related 10-day suspension from the prestigious Jones College Prep High School, Chance made his first mixtape, entitled — you guessed it — “10 Day” and released it in April of 2012. “10 Day” got Chance on the map, but his second mixtape, Acid Rap, released in April of 2013 was his declarative statement that he means business in the hip-hop world — and can potentially take the reins from the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z. After all, he does now have a song with Justin Bieber. Garnering universal critical acclaim and landing as #12 on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of the Year list, Acid Rap blends soul, jazz, infectious hooks and some of the best verses in years. Drawing on his teenage year experiences, Chance’s lyrics are incisive, witty, truthful and relatable. With over 250,000 downloads, it is also certifiably platinum, despite no release on iTunes or Spotify.
Diplo: Wesley Pentz a.k.a. Diplo has had his hands in more hits than you even know. He came up in the Philadelphia music scene while studying at Temple University before releasing his first album Florida in 2004. He’s a mainstay in Major Lazer, and he has collaborated with legends like Beyoncé and Tiesto. Expect him to bring super-danceable tracks with a variety of influences such as “Express Yourself,” “Que Que,” “Pon De Floor,” and even a remix of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (they dated) to the Main Green. If our fellow students have anything to say about it, there will be twerking. Also, his label, Mad Decent, boasts an impressive stable of artists, including Zeds Dead, Rusko, Baauer, Riff Raff, and Flosstradamus.
After years of midnight announcements online, the Brown Concert Agency is taking a different approach to releasing the lineup for Spring Weekend 2014–one that will draw attention to Brown student musicians.
BCA has pegged six student groups to play a Lineup Release Party this Tuesday at Whiskey Republic. At midnight, they will put a pause to the festivities to announce the lineup for Spring Weekend.
You could just wait for the Facebook flurry (and Blog coverage) from those who trek down the hill on Tuesday night, but here are six things you’d be missing out on:
Clyde Lawrence Band
Clyde Lawrence is a junior hailing from New York City. His infectious soul-infused pop has caught the attention of many Brown students, Providence locals and, according to comments on the video above, French people. He plays a lot of shows at Brown and in the Providence area, and they’re always a good time. Continue Reading
The Illuminati Brown Concert Agency has released a survey that you should definitely take the time to fill out. As they prepare next year’s budget for Spring Weekend, they want as much feedback as possible about what students really look for from the concerts. It’s just 4 questions long, and the more participation from Brown students that BCA gets, the better Spring Weekend becomes. Click this link for the survey.
PS – BCA has announced how they will be revealing this year’s lineup. On March 11 at 9 p.m. — a Tuesday! — they will be holding a concert at
Whiskey Whisko that will culminate with a midnight announcement that will no doubt shake the city to its core. Prepare yourselves; Spring Week is coming.