Friday, February 22, 2013

Opinion: An inside look at SMU’s music events from Phi Mu Alpha’s quartermaster

By Camden Webster
Cardinal Staff

February is a busy month for most Saint Mary’s students, and especially for those involved with the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha’s concert setups.

Battle of the Bands certainly started off the semester with a bang, and all of the participating bands did an amazing job.  This year, the stakes for first place were raised by the addition of a guaranteed slot on the Centennial Student Event in April.  Starting off the show were Pseudosonic Motion and FNL Delivery Service, who each had the crowd out of their seats with some high-energy punk.  Performing third in the show were second place winners, System of a Down Cover Band, who ironically performed covers of Killswitch Engage, ‘N Sync and Nickelback.  Performing second to last was Winona’s premier Cream tribute band, Half ‘n Half, who performed covers of ZZ Top and The Black Crowes.  Closing the show were the Plaza Kings, who performed their unique brand of acoustic covers by artists such as Cute Is What We Aim For and Secondhand Serenade.  Half ‘n Half took the first prize of $550, with System of A Down Cover Band coming in second with a $250 cash prize and Plaza Kings receiving the third prize of $150.  

The second weekend of February was as exciting as ever with the annual coffeehouse style musical showcase Fireside.  Phi Mu Alpha set up sound and lights for the event hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota.  The event was a huge success.  The third weekend of February includes the Multicultural Showcase and the first annual Dance Marathon both on Feb. 15.

Keep an eye out for the Centennial Student Event on April 13 and, of course, Gaslight.  If you have an event on or off campus that requires sound or lighting reinforcement, don’t hesitate to contact Phi Mu Alpha.  We love working with new people while helping out the Saint Mary’s community!

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