In Detail: The Downcafe March Music Series

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5 weeks, 10 different bands. What’s not to love?

No matter your preferred musical flavor, the Downcafe March Music Series promises to bring a wide array of styles to the table: folk, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia and good ol’ American Rock + Roll will all make appearances over the course of the next five weeks, and we’ve worked hard to match that with a bevy of Bennington’s finest as support for every show.

To help bring it all into context, find compiled below the top three questions you likely have about the upcoming shows:

1) Why the Downcafe?

Easy; ambience is everything. It’s not enough to have great music, but augmenting that with an intimate venue makes for a more memorable end result. PLUS, given some recent sound upgrades in the room, it’s just begging for an opportunity to entertain you. 

2) Why are reservations Required?

Two fold answer:

First: At its most basic, room capacity dictates we avoid filling it to the point of discomfort. Some shows will be seated, some will be standing room— but across the board we want to be sure you’re getting the most from the event on all levels.

Second:  Knowing what the projected interest in the show will be. In all instances, if we sell out in advance of the performance date—and it’s obvious there is wider interest, there is always the option for us to have it “upgraded” to the Student Center to accommodate those numbers. Ultimately, we want what you want— and having tickets is a great way for us to keep track.

3) Awesome. I’m In. Now how do I reserve tickets?

Dig this. Drop by the Office of Student Life any time during the week leading up to a show. Ask the desk monitor on duty to put your name on the RSVP list, and BAM— consider yourself reserved. There will be no physical ticket, just a person at the door checking your name off the list when you arrive. If you can’t make it into SL, you can also call from any campus phone to (x4330) and make your reservation official. Be sure to pat yourself on the back after too— being proactive feels good, doesn’t it?

While you’re here— take a look around the blog archives, and learn about some of the acts we’ve got coming up in the weeks ahead.

We’re stoked to share this with you!

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PAC


Most folks would tell you that even if they don&#8217;t know much about the world of Jazz music, they at least have an appreciation for the subtleties and nuances of the art form even at it&#8217;s most basic coffee-shop-sunday morning-cool-out level. So, that in mind, what if we told you that the only difference between moving from fledgling appreciator to seasoned listener can start with something as simple as seeing the music live? It&#8217;s true, as art forms go, this isn&#8217;t the flavor most folks start with because it requires you to grow your ears in all directions, but if we can be real with ourselves, and recognize the incredible freedom to grow in a larger context as college goers&#8212;well, why wouldn&#8217;t you take it a step further in trying to suck ever tender morsel of goodness from its maw? 

Why not, indeed. 

We at PAC feel strongly you deserve a taste of that sonic sweetness in your daily life, so with that in mind we&#8217;re overjoyed to bring the Peter Krag Trio to campus on 3/8 for an evening of piano driven standards and originals blended with an intimate and at times, truly dizzying improvisational sense.  

Jazz hands are optional, tickets however&#8212;-are not. 

Seating is limited so reserve your tickets early by dropping through Student Life the week of 3/3 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  
Who: The Peter Krag Trio + Student Opener TBD 
When: 3/8/14, 9PM
Where: Downcafe
How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.
THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.

 

Most folks would tell you that even if they don’t know much about the world of Jazz music, they at least have an appreciation for the subtleties and nuances of the art form even at it’s most basic coffee-shop-sunday morning-cool-out level. So, that in mind, what if we told you that the only difference between moving from fledgling appreciator to seasoned listener can start with something as simple as seeing the music live? It’s true, as art forms go, this isn’t the flavor most folks start with because it requires you to grow your ears in all directions, but if we can be real with ourselves, and recognize the incredible freedom to grow in a larger context as college goers—well, why wouldn’t you take it a step further in trying to suck ever tender morsel of goodness from its maw? 

Why not, indeed. 

We at PAC feel strongly you deserve a taste of that sonic sweetness in your daily life, so with that in mind we’re overjoyed to bring the Peter Krag Trio to campus on 3/8 for an evening of piano driven standards and originals blended with an intimate and at times, truly dizzying improvisational sense.  

Jazz hands are optional, tickets however—-are not. 

Seating is limited so reserve your tickets early by dropping through Student Life the week of 3/3 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  

Who: The Peter Krag Trio + Student Opener TBD 

When: 3/8/14, 9PM

Where: Downcafe

How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.

THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.

 

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, there’s a CHANCE you might not have heard of the Spinto Band;  the Indie pop darlings who broke the mold before critics even knew there was one to split away from in the first place.  We had the pleasure of hosting them last Fall in the Studes during alumni weekend and all in attendance would agree that they’ve got a magic not easily reproduced without the aid of ice cream, sunshine, kittens and your closest friends. So if you’re one of those rock dwelling types whose been feeding on grubs, meal worms and fire ants up till now — fear not; even WE didn’t know the Spinto crew was in the lab crafting the makeup of their current side project, Teen Men. 

Floaty, ethereal, catchy as crap and loaded with projection based art— Teen Men’s live show promises to bring an explosion of sound and color to the Downcafe that’ll round out our March music series with distinction. What’s more, we’re super-pumped to offer up the opening slot for the evening to Bennington’s own Spectral Walrus feat. Phillip Kamilar-Britt,  Music Dept. Composition Intern Jeremy Stewart and Alumni, Bob Danton for a pairing of similarly tech-ed out visually arresting e-music.  So mark your calendars, ready your astral-traveling suits and prepare for a night of sensory immersion that will help shove off the last of winter’s doldrums in one forcible push.  

And while you’re at it, you should probably go brush your teeth; you’ve still got some grub in there, friend.   

Seating is limited so reserve your tickets early by dropping through Student Life the week of 3/24 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  

Who: Teen Men + Spectral Walrus 

When: 3/29/14, 9PM

Where: Downcafe

How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.

THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.  

Tell us… do you like to rock? Seriously. Take a moment to consider what this means;  the sights, the sounds and smells of sticky-sweet energy combined with the collective tachycardia induced by a packed house moving in synchronicity to jangling sock-hop guitars, chunked-out bass and keyboard funk.

Again, think this through carefully before responding:

Do. You. Like. To. Rock???

Well, now that you’ve had time to look up the definition of tachycardia, it is safe to assume your answer to the above is probably akin to what most any other red blooded mammal would respond with: SURE DO.

Good! Then we’re on the same page here and it is with that understanding in mind that we’re more than excited- dare we say, twitter-pated to announce we’ll be bringing Nashville acts D.Watusi and Paperhead to the Downcafe on 3/21 for an evening of music that’ll take you back to your rock roots be they Sgt. Pepper, Chuck Berry or even Hüsker Dü. Both bands rip, and are headed straight to Bennington following appearances at SXSW. Plus, legend has it, Paperhead even features Bennington’s own Walker Mimms on the kit proving those golden locks of his might just be there to hide an extensive collection of drum sticks. (We’re totally on to you, Walker.)   

So come rock with us, Bennington— we’ll be the ones in the front row with dictionary in hand should you need to look up any other medically oriented definitions mid show

Tickets are required for this show, standing room only, so reserve yours early by dropping through Student Life the week of 3/17 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  

Who: D. Watusi + Paperhead 

When: 3/17/14, 9:00PM

Where: Downcafe

How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.

THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO ROOM SIZE, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.

 

  

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Bennington College and Hip-Hop go together like unicorns and double rainbows. Both, by anyone’s definition, are marvelous things capable of rekindling your sense of wonder and delight in the world — though an overlapping occurrence is just so rare that you might wonder after a time whether either will ever truly exist in the same space beyond the annals of Lisa Frank-dom. We’ve been blessed by some stellar performances from Floetic and Skriptz over the last year, and frankly— at a college this far removed from civilization, we should be grateful and then some for that opportunity alone. So when we tell you PAC has been dying to bring that sound to campus for a while now,  it’s beyond good news to let you in on one of our big Spring secrets: two of east coast hip-hop’s tastiest MC’s are coming to campus on 3/15 by way of No Humans Allowed. 

If you have an appreciation for poetry with teeth, and a commitment to itching psychedelic grooves you can’t help but get lost in— BE HERE

And yes; Bennington was totally the unicorn in that metaphor.

Tickets are required for this show, standing room only, so reserve yours early by dropping through Student Life the week of 3/10 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  

Who: NO HUMANS ALLOWED with Student Opener (TBD)

When: 3/15/14, 9:00PM

Where: Downcafe

How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.

THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO ROOM SIZE, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.  

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The Dupont Brothers bring a colorful and sophisticated take on the Folk/Americana genre by incorporating guitar work that conjures up flavors of delicate west-african style fingerpicking all the while blending vocal harmonies in a way that only family members, brothers in this case; could. At once intimate and lively, this show promises to be a revelation, especially for those interested in seeing why these guys have shared the stage with national acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Langhorn Slim (Hint: because they’re really, really, really, really, good.)  

We’re delighted to host the Du-Bro’s in the Down Cafe for what will surely be an event you’ll be hearing about for quite some time after the fact. Seating is limited so reserve your tickets early by dropping through Student Life the week of 2/24 (the desk attendant can help you) OR call in your tickets directly to Student Life (x4330 from any campus phone.)  

Let’s. Get.  Folky.

Who: The Dupont Brothers Band with The Burhoe Family Band 

When: 3/1/14, 9PM

Where: Downcafe

How: Sponsored by PAC, of course.

THIS SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.  

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If you’re like the majority of folks wandering excitedly across the delicate green/blue orb we call earth, you probably appreciate a groove you can dance to. You know…something to appeal to our most basic desires whether your power move be a funky chicken, mashed potato or our personal favorite, “Coleman Rug Cutter.” That in mind— you should probably find your way to the Studes on 2/21 to check out Heartbeat Jerusalem. 

Per their website, 

"Heartbeat unites Israeli and Palestinian youth to build trust and transform conflict through the power of music…. Heartbeat empowers Israeli and Palestinian musicians by creating opportunities and spaces for musicians from both sides to hear each other and work together to build trust between their communities. Since 2007, over 100 youth musicians have come together through a variety of programs including retreats, workshops, camps, overseas exchanges, and the development of ensembles."

What does this mean for you? Well, a Fun, frenetic blend of hip-hop, world and dance music with equal measures substance and heart. We’re delighted to bring this ensemble back to campus following an uber successful run last Fall, and are double-pumped to let you know they’ll also be offering a Q&A session earlier that day in the Downcafe from 4:30-5:30.   

Who: Heartbeat Jerusalem

When:  2/21/14

Where: Q&A Session: Down Cafe, 4:30-5:30pm 

            Performance: Student Center , 7:30pm 

How: Sponsored by PAC and the Conflict Resolution Dept.

ALL EVENTS ARE TOTALLY FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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