The music scene is quite varied in my opinion! Musicians here play a wide range of sounds and form very different bands. We have beat-makers, 2-people bands, folk-y musicians, singer-songwriters, rappers, noise rockers, jazz bands, and everything in between. I think that most music students here (or musicians that like to play for people, but don’t necessarily study music here) have a varied enough of a cultural and geographical background, not to mention different tastes and preferences, to make sure that the ‘relative isolation’ of Bennington does NOT pose a problem for them (or for their humble audiences, like me, for that matter).
That being said, check out our Sunfest Facebook event page! Sunfest is the school’s annual music festival/outdoor hangout party. You can get a better idea of what kinds of bands we bring on-campus from there!
ROCK AND ROLL OR WHATEVER
This past week…
Monday anthropologist Kim Fortune presented on Environmental Disaster for the Social Science Colloquium, Tuesday artist Barbara Hammer was featured at the Visual Arts Lecture series, and Wednesday poet Mark Doty read some of his work.
I’m no music expert but in a couple of weeks Japanther, The Babies, U.S. Girls, and Guerilla Toss are coming to campus for Sunfest, our annual all day music festival! Are they major? Maybe you can tell me!
There are a plethora of activities that Bennington students perform while they are temporarily unburdened by classes and homework. If you’re of musical inclination, you can play tunes with your buddies, if you’re an athlete you can go toss around a frisbee or ball out on the basketball court, and yes, if it’s nice out, you’ll be sure to see students lounging on Commons Lawn or going for a serene hike in the woods just steps away from our dorms. Taking a walk up to North Bennington is not uncommon, and in the warmer months (especially the beginning of Fall Term), Lake Paran is a very popular spot to go enjoy a sunny afternoon. If nothing else, we tend to congregate in our rooms or in common areas of our houses (or outside if it’s nice), and just “chill out,” or whatever the kids are saying these days.
Here’s a picture of SunFest, an annual ritual that features live music and a full day of outdoors fun. SunFest is my absolute favorite day of the year.
Dancing at the end of the world at midnight to an anarchist marching band. Saturday in a nutshell.
Lila Cutter ‘15
SUNFEST was awesome