3 artists turn tables at university sponsored Welcome Week Concert


The annual concert will take place on Sat on Prassel Lawn. Electronic dance music, or EDM, artists 3LAU, Robert Delong and Patrick Baker are this years performers.

Benji Gomez, student programming board concert chair and organizer of this year’s fall concert, saw the reception of the Spring Concert performer and used student feedback to decide who should perform for the Fall Concert.

“When we go through and determine every semester who we want to bring, what are we going for, who are the students into. I thought Cherub did well with their kind of electronic vibe,” Gomez said. “So I thought, you know, why don’t we see about getting a real electronic artist in here, and so I did a little research and saw that [3LAU] was doing more and more things and I liked the idea of it I thought it would be a good fit for campus. So I watched about two hours worth of his videos, and decided that was where we were going to go.”

The vision for this year’s Fall Concert was to create a fun atmosphere for students coming back to campus.

“I think the fun thing about it is that, while a lot of people of course have their own definitions or perceptions of EDM music, I’d say the main reason I booked it is I basically see it as a fun dance party,” Gomez said. “I listen to his music, and I see how it could be applicable to a college setting and how people could dance and have fun with it.”

Matthew Hager, Trinity senior, is looking forward to seeing these performers live and for free.

“I’m mainly excited for Robert Delong, because his live show is really cool and a lot of fun. I haven’t seen or listened to much of the other guys, but Delong is a lot of fun to watch.  He’s kind of like electronic alternative I think, if I had to pick a type of genre he’d fit into,” Hager said.

While there was some pushback on social media from students, Gomez is optimistic that the concert will be a success.

“It’s always kind of hard because I don’t want to ostracize someone with a certain genre, and so the hardest thing about putting on major concerts like this is that you want to be able put on something where people aren’t going to respond saying, “˜Oh I’ve never heard of that’ or “˜I don’t like them,’ you know,” Gomez said. “So it’s hard because you have to find something that will generally make everyone happy. That being said, I think electronic, house, dance music is kind of cool because you go to a party, you go to a club, and people just want to dance. It’s a welcoming genre, it’s fun, you don’t really have to know any lyrics, you don’t have to worry about feeling like you’re not part of this inner circle that knows this random indie band. I wanted to make it truly a welcoming welcome week concert where you can just have fun and dance with your friends.”

Local artists have also taken note of the growing popularity of EDM.

“Well, EDM in the industry has grown a lot since the 90s, you know, it’s trendy, and especially as humans are becoming more technologically inclined. Computers are becoming more and more prevalent in music today,” said Nic Yoes, drummer for the band Stuph. “It’s good in the way that it’s marketable. People enjoy it; they wanna listen to it and dance. You like the hook, you like the whole song. EDM is really fun, it’s good to dance to, and it’s exciting in the way that it’s really bass driven.”

Student Programming Board is also increasing the production value of the upcoming concert.

“This is our biggest production yet in terms of actual production value. Everything from lights to projections to confetti, it’s all going to be there and it’s going to be pretty intense,” Gomez said.

In addition to the production changes, this will be the first concert in recent history with multiple performers.

“This is also the first time since my freshman year that we’re going to have a multi-artist show,” Gomez said. “We’re having a big artist, a relatively big second artist and a cool emerging artist as well, so it’s not just going to be just an hour of music, it’s going to be three hours of music, which is something we haven’t really done in recent history, and even when we did, those bands were nowhere as big as what we have for this year. That, coupled with this electronic dance vibe, is something I think people should really look forward to.”

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Students are not permitted to bring bags or large purses.