Listen Up: A Cappella Mafia

Hear ye, hear ye! We at Blog present to you Listen Up, a bi-weekly Blogcast that will be bringing you the most sensational news from Brunonia. This week, we bring you an in-depth look into the inner working of Brown’s a cappella scene.

Make sure to follow us on SoundCloud and download each episode for on-the-go listening!

The episode was written by Ari Snider ’18, Allie Tsuchiya ’18, and Ilan Desai-Geller ’18. It was produced by Ari Snider. 

Music: “Jackbird” by Bluedot Sessions, “Burning Van” by Big Mean Sound Machine, and “Lumitatae Gaels Revenge” by Underscore Orkestra

Image via Albert Brown ’16. 

Audition Roundup: Upcoming Dates and Deadlines You Won’t Want to Miss

hectic schedule

For many, the first few weeks on campus can be a whirlwind of names and faces coupled with a barrage of dates and deadlines. As a student of any grade it can be hard to keep track of audition times and locations, and it can be extremely disappointing to realize that a deadline has come and gone for an organization that recruits only once a semester/year. The chaotic nature of these first weeks often gets exacerbated by the disparate locations of audition information, resulting in deadline whiplash. For this reason, Blog presents a (hopefully comprehensive, but in no way exhaustive) roundup of fast-approaching audition/deadline dates.

NOTE: many organizations are not featured on this list. There are literally hundreds of awesome groups on Brown’s campus, many of which have yet to release audition deets or have more rolling acceptance policies. Additionally, for the sake of space and sanity, we were unable to include extensive info for each audition/application process–this is just a list of names, dates and locations. If you’re looking for more info (or any info at all) regarding a club not on this list, you should reach out to it directly, search online for a Facebook event, or actually read consult Morning Mail!

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What to do this week: March 16 – March 22


Sunday, March 15 – March 21:

Event: Sex Week 2015

Sex Week is a week-long series of workshops (click the link for specific events) hosted by the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council (SHEEC). This year’s theme is “DV8,” and seeks to encourage students to expand their own expectations about sexuality.

Monday, March 16:

Event: Israeli Elections: An Open Discussion with BSI
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: JWW 303

Polls project a neck and neck race between Israel’s two major parties in the upcoming Knesset elections. The outcome will have a major effect on U.S.-Israeli relations and the peace process in general. Join Brown Students for Israel to discuss the possible results.

Tuesday, March 17:

Event: Get Lucky 2015!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: List 120

Brown’s three all-female a cappella groups will be celebrating the start of Spring with a concert in List.

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Wubappella takes the Dunkin’ Donuts Center by storm


Due to some technological hiccups, this camera phone photo is the best we could do for a graphic. We will post a professionally shot video of the performance when it becomes available next week. 

Last Friday, the Providence Bruins–the minor-league affiliate of New England’s beloved Boston Bruins–took on the New York Islanders’ minor-league team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But that wasn’t all. Much more importantly, Brown University’s one and only unofficial official unofficial dubstep a cappella group, Wubappella, performed at some point between the first and second periods. That’s right, right up there on the big screen, was a group of dubstep-singing Brown students performing a remix of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” And it’s a good thing they were up there on the big screen, because their perch in section 236 didn’t exactly make for the most ideal viewing angles for many of us. Fortunately, the sounds of Wubappella still boomed through the Dunkin’ Donuts Center loud and proud.

How’d the crowd take it? Well… the opinion of the room seemed to land somewhere between bemused and amused (and, certainly, entertained). Tom, a nearby Boston Bruins fan wearing a Tim Thomas jersey, said of the performance, “Not bad,” which is, of course, faint praise given the spectacle of his very first dubstep a cappella viewership experience. “I couldn’t really hear them that well,” Tom conceded. Shame, shame: this was a common theme. Julie, a middle-aged Rhode Island nurse, said the performance was difficult to hear and suggested: “Maybe they need to adjust the microphone height.” She did add, “I thought they were very enthusiastic.”

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Midnight Organ Concert tonight in Sayles Hall


Reading Period is a stressful time, no doubt. And for many of us, the weather can be an auspicious (at least for a few days, until it really hits us how gravely we need to hit the books) soporific. One thing I love about Brown, though, is that—assuming you are awake and willing to walk around campus—there are so many things that accent Reading Period with positivity. Candy Land, free pizza in the Rock and SciLi, Gingerbread S’mores in the Blue Room, and—dare I say—the Naked Donut Run are some good examples. While these four events involve food as we know it, there are other kinds of nourishment—there is indeed musical sustenance, food for the soul, “good vibes.”

Tonight, the Midnight Organ Concert‘s has us covered in this department. In Sayles Hall, you can enjoy the dulcet sounds of fourteen of Brown’s finest a cappella groups—The Higher Keys, Alef Beats, ARRR!!!, Bear Necessities, Brown’s Tones, Chattertocks, Derbies, Disney A Cappella, Harmonic Motion, Jabberwocks, Madrigals, Shades of Brown, Ursa Minors, and Wubappella—as well as those of student organist Joseph Cadabes. Doors will open for admission at 11:30. As the Facebook page advises, “Grab a blanket, a pillow and a friend or LOVER” and get ready for that ethereal musical experience you’ve been waiting for all semester.

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A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: Rock the CASA

Attend Rock the CASA, and make Salomon tu casa for the night.

Tonight is Kappa Alpha Theta’s (a.k.a. Theta’s) first variety show! Come see Rock the CASA, a star-studded setlist featuring Badmaash, Harmonic Motion, Mezcla, and many more campus headliners. The show will take place from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Salomon. Tickets go for $5 at the door, or swing by JWW today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.! Rumor has it there will be baked cookies.

All proceeds from the event will go to the RI Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a non-profit group of lawyers who advocate to relocate abused and neglected children into safe and permanent foster homes. So no, CASA is not capitalized because someone was really excited about a rockin’ house party — it’s an acronym.

If you’re looking for something fun to do tonight, stop by Rock the CASA! You will see an Alef Beats Thanksgivukkah spectacle, Alfie Subiotto’s musically inclined Movember mustache, and of course, belly dancing. And who doesn’t love belly dancing? See you there!

Image via the sisters of Theta.