Walk the Moon, pictured above, played their song, “Different Colors,” during their headlining performance at Back to the Brook on Sept. 17, 2015. Photo by Lauren Fetter.
By Giovanni Ortiz Copy Editor
This year’s Back to the Brook concert, otherwise known as #BTB2k15, had the crowd jumping and screaming to performances by this year’s artists, Timeflies and Walk the Moon.
Timeflies’ electronic dance songs, fused with lead singer Caleb Shapiro’s soulful vocals, excited the crowd, and Walk the Moon’s ‘80s pop sound had the crowd singing and dancing along with them.
Some people were pleasantly surprised as the concert did not have as much student support as previous concerts. However, some people only came for one of the two acts.
The concert’s energy moved like a wave. During the opening student acts, singer Justin Love and metal band In Loving Memory, people filled the arena and started getting into the show. Timeflies’ performance had the audience moving with their high energy EDM performance. However, when Walk the Moon started to perform, some of the crowd left, and the crowd’s excitement died.
Overall the concert was very good — it could have been more fun if there had been more people with an interest in the headlining artist. Even though not many students came to the show, the energy was high and the crowd enjoyed it. The lack of audience did not seem to hinder how the artists performed, either.
When Timeflies went on stage, with Shapiro in the front and Rob Resnick on the turn table with the sound board, they played old and new songs. Because their music was primarily made for dance, with some songs as twists on modern songs, the audience screamed and danced to them. Anytime it felt as if the crowd was even close to calm, Shapiro would surprise the crowd by interacting with them and getting them excited. Despite playing new songs, the duo’s charisma and fan interaction caused the crowd to not be lost or confused.
On the other hand, when Walk the Moon performed, they needed to rely on their music’s popularity, and the crowd did not react as positively. Mainly this is because the band had a handful of songs the entire crowd knew, and the band did not interact with the audience as much as Timeflies had. During parts of the performance, most of the crowd — save a few diehard fans — practically stood and watched.
If Walk the Moon would have interacted more with the crowd, aside from giving inspiring speeches advising students to experiment and be more creative, their performance would have matched the level of satisfaction that Timeflies had. It was not the best concert that USG has put on, but it is worth experiencing again.