“Wait…Who’s Playing?” Students Underwhelmed by Fall Concert

With another semester concert come and gone here at Marist the question needs to be asked, when will we have an act that people actually want to see?

This past Thursday, students filed into the McCann Center to watch the Fall concert which was being headlined by The Cataracs, and would be opened by The White Panda. Tickets only cost $10 for students (admittedly a pretty good deal), and raise to $25 for guests

The White Panda consists of two DJs who play “mashups”, which is music that’s created by mixing together popular songs from across different genres and synchronizing them to create new songs altogether. This is an act that’s been gaining popularity over the past few years, so understandably it drew some excitement from students.

The Cataracs are a pop duo (now consisting of one member) that have worked with numerous artists, including hip hop heavyweights Snoop Dogg and Wacka Flocka Flame. While having an impressive track record in the music industry, most students did not seem familiar with their work.

Reviews of the show from students were generally mixed, although junior Jackie Bocuzzi went as far as “just terrible” to describe it. She described leaving just several minutes into the headline appearance by The Cataracs, disappointed by the show as well as the lack of familiar faces in the McCann Center.

“I thought it was definitely worth the $10” said junior Michael Figuerido, in a favorable review of the show. He enjoyed both performances, but also took note at how sparse the crowd was, “it wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be, there was a crowd but it only filled about half the gym.” When asked about any excitement leading up to the show, Figuerido mentioned that there “probably wasn’t as much excitement as the Goo Goo Dolls last year”, in reference to last semester’s spring concert.

The small crowds at these events are to be expected at this point, as I’ve noticed and many other students have noticed over the past few years here. The artists themselves often put on energizing performances, the problem is that people often don’t know who they are.

It seems that for some reason, the big name shows that travel throughout upstate New York to play at SUNY schools such as Cortland or Binghamton, as long as other mid-major universities in the tri-state area such as Sacred Heart. Cortland senior, Billy Keogh, recounted seeing Kendrick Lamar perform at his campus last semester, “People were going absolutely crazy to see him, we were waiting for months.” Nothing against the Goo Goo Dolls (who played to the largest Marist concert crowd that I can remember), but an artist that is still played on the radio definitely seems more likely to draw a large audience than a band whose biggest hit came in 1998….

This has nothing to do with individual tastes in music, but has everything to do with actually getting students excited for events that should actually be exciting! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard students complain when they hear about the newest act playing at Sacred Heart.

“At the rate this is going were getting Kesha’s sister-in-law for the spring concert”, read one tweet that I found summed up this problem pretty well. That should be able to draw a crowd right?

Cortland Spring Fling 2013, featuring Kendrick Lamar & Steve Aoki

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