Photo credit by USG.
By Lauren Fetter
Who would’ve thought?
You may remember the Brookfest 2014 concert at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium which featured the song stylings of rapper Childish Gambino and DJ Diplo. Though I expressed my discontent in April for USG booking a rapper to headline a university concert for the third semester in a row, I am back again to ask the question: Why have the members of USG not chosen a different genre of music to be featured at the annual Back to the Brook concert?
Yeah, money is a factor in it. However, don’t you think student opinions should count? USG asks students what they want to hear, yet at the same time, there hasn’t been any change. I, or any other student, should be able to enjoy a concert on campus without being subjected to the same kind of artist every single semester.
I don’t care how “fun” it’s going to be. Get back to me when you have a decent artist whose presence on campus isn’t fueled by the music tastes of a USG member. That’s something I’d like to see.
Don’t claim to be fair in your decision of who’s playing at the concert when the same group of people is still waiting to hear a band like Paramore or Panic! at the Disco play at the university.
“I feel that Stony Brook claims to appeal to everyone when they’re only appealing to a small group of people,” Nicolette Margiotta, a junior biology major, said. “I know that they can’t please everyone but I don’t think there’s much variety. It’s the same type of music every time.”
Booking an artist who sings more than a few 16-bar verses about “Pu$$y” — as Lupe Fiasco does in his latest single of the same name — would be a nice change of pace. It would also be fun to hear people play their own instruments live as opposed to one or two of their own rave-inspired tracks and a remix of someone else’s song. Sorry 3LAU.
“I think they should put some actual rock bands in the pool. Maybe Arctic Monkeys or Atmosphere,” Shawna Dolan, a senior health science major, said. “Although I like rap and EDM, I do think they should change it up a bit and meet the requests of other students who don’t like it.”
Just a few weeks ago, Icona Pop played in the Student Activities Center as a part of their Campus Consciousness Tour. Who saw that coming? I know I didn’t. This was a step in the right direction.
Though the venue was small and only 750 students could attend, it was exciting to hear that the university was hosting a pop duo, rather than a rapper. How about we keep that ball rolling and work on getting a band for Brookfest 2015.
I am a big fan of music, but I think it’s well-past the time USG needed to branch out and pick a new music genre. Believe it or not, it wouldn’t kill you, people.
Try pleasing students that have been waiting to see a band — and solely a band — headline Back to the Brook or Brookfest before they graduate. It would be greatly appreciated.
Whether you choose to spend your Thursday night with Lupe Fiasco and 3LAU in the newly-named Island Federal Credit Union Arena, or you curl up in bed to watch Netflix — an admirable choice — you can be almost certain that USG will have another rapper lined up for Brookfest 2015.
Why break tradition?