About twenty minutes after interviewing Nick Benevenia and Erika Bjerklie about WZBC’s upcoming spring concert, I sat down in hopes of writing an informative and well-written article. What were the first words that came to my mind? Something along the lines of: “Oh my gawd…THEY’RE SO COOL!” I know, embarrassing. I felt like a 10-year-old girl at a Selena Gomez concert. (I was going to say One Direction but then I said to myself— have some self-respect, Sameet.) But seriously, they are a couple of the coolest people I’ve met at BC in a while. I've come up with a plethora of reasons why you should ALL be at The WZBC 40th Anniversary Spring Show with Javelin, Howse, and Saint Pepsi
Here are just 5 of those reasons:
1. WZBC is awesome
Seriously. Prior to interviewing Nick and Erika, I honestly knew nothing about WZBC. But after talking to them for about a half hour, I realized just how rich the history of the station is. After 40 years of operating, they have A LOT to celebrate. Super-famous rock bands like Nirvana and R.E.M got their starts at our very own WZBC. Additionally, more current bands like Titus Andronicus and Kishi Bashi debuted on the station. Essentially, they know what they’re doing and you should support them! I’d say they are by far the best organization to be housed on the first floor of McElroy (yes, that was a subtle dig at The Heights).
2. Discover New Music
If you’re a typical BC student, your idea of “unknown” music probably doesn't extend past Mumford and Sons or the XX. And no, Plexapalooza doesn't qualify as an eye-opening musical experience. But hey, I’m not judging. I still claim I’m cool because I listened to Ed Sheeran before he was on the radio. In all seriousness though, WZBC’s spring concert is the perfect opportunity to broaden your musical horizons. Javelin, Howse, and Saint Pepsi are all up-and-coming electronic music artists. Come and see them before they blow up! Here’s a little taste of Javelin, the headlining electronic duo from Brooklyn!
3. Support the hipsters or hipsterize yourself
I guess this goes along with broadening your music horizons…SUPPORT THE HIPSTERS (or attempt to become one yourself). Many of us view hipsters as the horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing, Urban-Outfitted individuals that we spot, occasionally, across campus. However, DON’T be fooled by these posers. The true hipsters, with an actual mission, are over at WZBC. WZBC strives to support artists that actually need them. Any artist that is being played on Kiss 108 or selling out venues doesn't need their reinforcement. They’re doing the best they can to show us something new and interesting while supporting the music industry. The least we can do is support their noble cause.
4. Hump Day Celebration
With only a few weeks left of school, most of us are looking for reasons to celebrate and avoid all forms of productivity. WZBC’s spring concert gives you the perfect opportunity to drink (for those of you who are 21+), eat, dance, and just get weird. I haven’t been to the Middle East downstairs but I've heard it gets pretty crazy.
….celebrate while you can, FINALS ARE COMING.
5. Do it for these two!
As I previously expressed….THEY’RE SUPER COOL. Nick (General Manager) and Erica (Program Director) have both put a lot of effort into planning this event and I have no doubt that it is going to be great! After discussing the details of WZBC, I found myself talking to them about life in general. As three English majors, we had something to talk about right away (a jobless future, for starters). But seriously, they’re super laid-back, open-minded and passionate about WZBC. AND, fun fact, they have access to an impressive collection of vinyl records (this excited me more than I’m willing to admit). So go and meet the brains behind WZBC! You won’t regret it!
The show is taking place this Wednesday, April 24th from 8:00pm-1:00am at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
It is an 18+ event so be sure to bring your ID.
GET READY FOR A GREAT SHOW!