Coming to you this summer…

If you’re like me, you’ll be staying around campus or heading to an internship near a big city. Will you get bored and need some entertainment? Possibly. Lucky for you, I’m in the same boat. The only difference is that I have a paddle, and I’m willing to share it with you.

If you’re staying near campus there are PLENTY of things to do, many of which have to do with musical events. The Lafayette/West Lafayette has this wonderful page of events for you to look at for local things. The page allows you to input different dates that you’re looking for events (not only concerts, but many other things as well). It then generates a page of events with details, times, prices, etc. It’s pretty niffy.

Not more than two hours from campus is the wonderful capital of Indiana. Indianapolis also has a nice line up concerts for us this summer. Live nation is a great website to find concerts and ticket prices. Just input the city, Indianapolis, or where ever else you may be and a list of concerts and dates will be just within your reach. The Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN also has a great line up of concerts for us.

If you’re feeling like taking a little road trip, maybe crossing the state line into Illinois, Chicago also has some great concerts in store for us this summer. You can look up the different events taking place or a different line up of concerts. 

The best thing about these sites and cities is that there are a wide variety of musicians and bands playing at each throughout the entire summer. There is literally something for everyone to enjoy. So take advantage of these wonderful opportunities and check out a concert of festival this summer.

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Bug Bowl Radio

Bug Bowl is a big deal here at Purdue University. It’s part of the infamous Spring Fest, which as the title hints, takes place every spring. If we’re lucky, it will fall on a beautiful April weekend.

Let me take you back a bit… How did Bug Bowl Radio come to be? Well, first we must have Bug Bowl. In 1990, a man by the name of Christian Y. Oseto created what we call Bug Bowl as a way to raise awareness and money for Purdue’s Entomology Department. Little did he know that it would be such a big hit. 

The radio wasn’t thought of until much, much later, say ten to fifteen years later. As more and more students got involved with the Spring Fest and Bug Bowl, more and more ideas came to the table. One of these ideas happened to be… BUG BOWL RADIO. Who doesn’t love music and spring and festival activities.

As wonderful as the fest and Bug Bowl are, I think one of the most unique things is the radio. Students host the radio playing tons of songs, some of which I had no idea were about bugs.

To get a taste of what Bug Bowl radio is about and how it contributes to the Bug Bowl tent and Spring Fest, check out this slideshow video. (Click the image below.)

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Whether you’re a fan of bug related music or not, maybe you have some unique ideas to contribute to the future of Bug Bowl and Bug Bowl Radio. Attend the fest next year or volunteer to host the Radio. Check out more of what Spring Fest has in store for you.

What is the Ultimate Fan Experience?

MTV hosts something called the “Ultimate Fan Experience,” but what is it?

By signing in through a social media network and entering your date of birth, you are able to put your name in the running to see the musical group that is being featured. At the present time, Zedd is the musical group that people are entering to win a chance to see.

Who is Zedd?

Zedd was born and raised in Germany. At the age of 4 he began playing piano followed by the drums at the age of 12. He began with classical music, moving on to metal, and now currently plays and produces electronic music.

As you can tell, his musical background serves him well. If you enjoyed this song you should check out Zedd’s YouTube page and listen to his other produced music. I don’t think you’ll regret it. I know I enjoy it.

Uptown Funk goes Old School

When you’re looking for good covers, sometimes the oddest thing can be the best thing. This is a cover down by a group of senior grooving to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” Not only do they sing, but they also throw in some fancy moves. It’s comical and charming in it’s own way.

Alex Boye, the lead singer, leads his pack of senior citizens through the music video set by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.  If you ask me, I think these young singers better watch out, the seniors still have moves.

Flash Mobs Turn Classic

Did you know that flash mops can be more than a large group of people dancing? Let me set the scene for you.

You’re studying abroad in a beautiful European country. You have a weekend to explore, so you take a trip into the city. You’re in a crowded street, maybe sitting down and enjoying lunch from a local cafe… You’re minding your own business, people watching, soaking in the sun on this beautiful day when all of a sudden you here a beautiful sound. Not only is it beautiful, but mesmerizing. Are you day dreaming? No, there really is music filling the streets.

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This is what you see and hear:

Banco Sabadell, a city in Spain, celebrated their 130th anniversary with a flash mob orchestra. Over 100 people participated in the flash mob from Symphony Orchestra of the Valleys and choirs, Lieder and Amics of l’ Òpera and the Choir Belles Arts.

What a beautiful sound, indeed. I’m not sure about you, but this gives me chills. Notice how not only is music playing, but the crowd grouped around the musicians starts to raise their voices to join the orchestra. It would be an amazing thing to hear such beauty.

The Sound of Spring

Spring is upon us at Purdue University. Along with spring comes the infamous Grand Prix week. It is the time of birds singing, cars blaring music out of their open windows, and outdoor darty music coming from every house, apartment, and garage. (Darty, the combination of day and party, darty.)

What should you expect? You should expect noise, music, and tons of people coming out of hibernation to enjoy the beautiful weather and music together.

To get your week starred off right:

Have fun this week, enjoy good music and good company, and be responsible.

All Time Low, All New Music

Exactly eight days ago, All Time Low released a new album called Future Hearts. This album is already No. 2 in the country, which, if I do say so myself, is pretty darn impressive.

All Time Low is a band that I have listened to since their album, Nothing Personal, came out in July 2009. I know most of the words to every song on this album, but the song “Weightless” became one of my favorites and remains that way today. It contains a few choice words that may be inappropriate for little ears, however, the message of the song remains positive and uplifting.

I’m definitely excited about their new album and can’t wait to become more familiar with their new songs. The title of No. 2 album in the country sets the bar high for Future Hearts. So far I’ve had a chance to listen to their new song, “Something’s Gotta Give,” and it’s already threatening to be stuck in my head. Again, a few choice words, but still an amazing song.

I hope this little preview is enough to make you want to buy their album and continue listening.

Did you know…

I absolutely love finding new and interesting facts to share. Even if sometimes I can’t tell if they’re legitimate facts or just a little too far fetched to be realistic.  These facts are even more interesting when you have some sort of knowledge or personal interest in the subject. My subject, as always, is music.

Did you know that no member of The Beatles could actually read music?

Twenty-six little music facts like this are fun to learn and even more fun to share with fellow music enthusiasts. Not to mention, this post has a niffy little link to supporting articles to back up the facts given.

Did you know that Dogfish skin was once used to sand the wood of violins?

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of classical music, these 15 incredible classical music facts are also really interesting to read about. It’s not only musical, but also historical.

What’s the Big Deal About Rock Band?

When Rock Band came out, I laughed and laughed about all the people drooling over fake instruments set up through a gaming console. What’s so great about pretending you can be a rockstar? Why not just learn to play a real instrument and read sheet music? I would get so annoyed because that’s all my friends would play… just like their sports video games… why not actually go out and play? It annoyed and confused me to the point where I refused to partake in the gaming.

Rock Band won awards and continued to produce and sell game after game… Really. What’s the big deal?

After most of all the hype died down, I gave Rock Band a chance. (It’s still ridiculously popular.) To my surprise, it was actually kind of fun, as long as I played on “Easy” or sang. But, I still don’t understand exactly why people were going crazy over it. To help me clear up this confusion, I have the perspective of a Rock Band rockstar recorded. From this video, it is obvious how fun the game can be… This is the true story of a Rock Band Rockstar:

After the interview, I took some footage of the whole band. You can see them in their natural college habitat, after they completed their homework of course.

Now I understand that Rock Band is just another way to have fun and enjoy music and good company. If you haven’t given it a try, I recommend that you and your friends get together and start a band… a Rock Band.

Coming to You April 10, 2015: The Dublin Guitar Quartet

In less than two days the Dublin Guitar Quartet will be here at Purdue playing some very interesting music for all those in attendance. The show will take place this Friday at 8:00 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse.

This quartet uses guitars instead of the usual violins, viola and cello, which ultimately makes this a unique experience you don’t want to miss out on. Irish music alone is an interesting genre to listen to. If you’re unfamiliar with the Dublin Guitar Quartet, listen to this beautiful music.

Why would a Purdue student want to attend such an amazing show? Here’s what Anna, a vet tech student thinks:

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If you were lucky enough to check out this event in advance, you would have had the chance to attend a pre-show dinner. However, as of April 2, 2015, tickets for the pre-show dinner have been sold out. If you’re still interested, there is a wait list you can add your name to by contacting the Convos office at (765) 494-9712 or convos@purdue.edu. Tickets for the show are still available and only $15.