By Molly Bello
For the first time in four years, Bridgewater State University put on a live concert during Springfest. The school’s radio station WBIM was able to put on a concert which included bands from the local area last Thursday.
The concert included four bands and a DJ. The bands included Fresh Holes, an alternative rock group from Cape Cod, Stone Toad who are a hard rock band from Medway, Sparhawks who classified as an instrumental post-rock group from Boston, and New City Ghost, an indie pop group from Providence, RI. The DJ was Bridgewater State junior Brendan Simpson.
Among the musicians were current students, BSU alumni as well as other local bands organized by students involved with WBIM.
The show was off to a rocky start with electrical issues during the preparation stages, but after two hours of trying to figure things out they only started the show 10 minutes late. Preparing to start with the two bands that didn’t need the equipment, they made sure the concert was a success.
“I put my heart and soul into this,” said senior communication major and general manager of WBIM Sean Bentley. “We have the ability to play any genre: Portuguese, Indie, Rock, anything. We can supply more to the public that other stations cannot. We serve the BSU community by exposing local bands, helping bands succeed, and in turn students tune in and help us succeed.”
College radio is a great way to give the student community a diverse array of music and reach a large audience. According to Bentley, a lot of big bands get their start on college radio.
Current students and alumni alike were proud to represent their school and provide entertainment through their passions at this event.
“I used to DJ for WBIM,” said alumni Will Anderson. “We got asked to perform. I love WBIM and would love to promote them. I enjoyed it and it helped me become a communication major.”
With the bands performing at the clock tower, students were able to sit around on the grass, or just as easily listen from all around East Campus.
“The bands were awesome,” said junior criminal justice major Chris Black. “Would have been better earlier in the day for more exposure.”
This concert was a big step for BSU and the radio station, as the ability to put on live concerts and to provide free entertainment for students is a win-win for everyone.
“My role was encouraging people to do this, saying ‘get this done’,” said media professor Mike Russo. “I’m really proud of WBIM, [this show] is something of the future. It’s a good representation of us. It’s an example of better things to come.”
Molly Bello is The Comment’s Living-Arts Editor. Email her at email@example.com.