Sam “The Lizard” Vodopia of Tabler Quad plays in the closing act for Tablerstock, which featured over three hours of performances from student musicians. (Photo by Sarah Park)
By Janelle Clausen
Woodstock brought three days of “sex, drugs and rock and roll” 45 years ago. Thursday night, Tablerstock brought three hours of condoms, cigarettes and student talent.
Not even midterms stopped residents from gathering in the center of Tabler Quad for Tablerstock, a commemoration of Woodstock’s 45th anniversary. Hosted by Dreiser Hall, the event showcased student musicians and drew a record breaking crowd of 415 attendants and nearly 20 musicians according to Matthew Hannigan, a Dreiser Resident Assistant and one of the event’s key organizers. It built on the success of Dreiser Jazz Festival, he added.
“I love you, Tabler!” cried one girl from the crowd, just before the performances began.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 25 but postponed due to rain, this time the weather was cool and manageable. Dozens of students lined up to register their attendance and earn free food, while others laid on blankets atop the grass and pooled near the performing area, basked in a small sea of light. Over one hundred glowsticks also helped illuminate the night. A few others meanwhile took advantage of the tie-dye station.
“I like the aspect of everybody just being out here, getting to be together,” said Curtis Mensah, 19, a sophomore biology major with his “fellow Fellows” nearby. “I respect what they’re doing,” he said about the band playing.
It was an opportunity for music-minded Tabler Quad’s artists to play music ranging from vocals with keyboard to renditions of Woodstock classics like The Who’s “My Generation” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Wild Thing.” Many featured creative spins, like The Pipettes performing “Somebody I Used to Know” a-cappella and Joseph Shultz playing the didgeridoo.
“We’re known as the arts, cultures and humanities quad, so we figured we have so many artists that don’t get to display their talent, why not put on an event for them in the fall?” said Jules Mayard, 21, a Dreiser Resident Assistant and host of Tablerstock.
Olivia Elber, a freshman and rock ‘n roll fan who stayed the entire event, described it as “surprising fun.”
“I thought people would stay towards more popular music,” Elber said as “Wild Thing” played in the background. “I didn’t think there would be any actual rock and roll. I was very happy to hear that it was.”
Sprinkled between performances were trivia and facts about sex and drugs by Dreiser RAs, who encouraged safer sex and abstinence from harder drugs like LSD. Trivia winners received prizes like condoms.
“Compared to Woodstock, it had much more of a local folk festival feel and a just really cool vibe in my opinion,” said Daniel Scanteianu, one of the student performers. “I just think it was a great thing and should be done every year, multiple times a year.”
“It was just a fun night,” said Colleen Cheslak, one of Tablerstock’s organizers. “So if people were not busy on a Thursday, they had something right here to do and I thought it was awesome, so hopefully everybody else had a great time and I hope we started a tradition here.”
Tablerstock closed with a much more somber and haunting performance of “Going Home.”
Correction: A previous version of the article misattributed a song and inappropriate lyric to the Dreisicians’ performance. “99 Problems” was actually performed by Saw Mill, a local band from Yonkers, NY, and the line “my dick is small” was never sung (it was misheard). We apologize for the major errors.