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1960's concert rocks the bear cave

Another Round rocks the stage (photo/Dana Zechar)

On Oct. 24, the bear cave went back in time to the 1960’s. A concert was put on to celebrate the teachings in the History of Rock ‘N Roll in the 1960’s course. The course is new to the University this year and is taught by Ray Schuck, assistant professor of history.

Director of Music Chair, Dr. Rebecca Casey, came up with the idea for the concert.

We needed to have something go along with the class that is about music and we decided to have an event to kind of culminate what was going on in the class,” said Casey. She continued with, “We’re trying to draw attention to this music. It is very groundbreaking, very unique. And while the classical canon is a great thing, we like to expose the different kinds of music that have gone on since 1950.”

More than just the brain behind the operation, Casey opened the concert by playing Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on the piano. She first explained to the crowd that while the song was technically released in 1970, it was actually recorded in the late 1960’s. The song was played with ease and received warm applause at the end.

Next up to perform was Dr. Thomas Hunt, professor of music. He stated that he was a bit nervous because many of his students were in attendance, but they did not know he could sing. The crowd grew quiet as he played the first strings of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Hunt mentioned how important Bob Dylan was for the era of 1960 saying, “I think he spoke for an entire generation.”

Opus 4 performed right after Hunt. The quartet started off their set with a statement that fit the era. They joked, “It’s not as big as Woodstock,” which got a laugh from the crowd. They harmonized as they performed songs like “Mary Lou,” “Blue Skies,” and “Wonderful World,” as well as a few others. The highlight of their performance was when they sang to a woman from the audience. Music major, Rebecca Newton was the lucky candidate.

It was amazing. They were so talented, and all of their harmonies were so locked in. It was so so [sic] sweet,” said Newton.

Each performer wowed the crowd into silence with the beauty of their music. However, when the band Another Round came out, they lit up the crowd. The band played for more than two hours without a break. Normally an 80’s cover band, they came up with a set list from the 60’s just for the concert. That did not limit them to only 60’s music though, as they took the audience on a journey of music from the 60’s all the way into the 80’s. The crowd sang along with hits like “Hang on Sloopy,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and many others.

The concert ended with Another Round inviting audience members closer. Many students and a few community members crowded around the stage and danced to the band’s last few songs. The band ended on a high note with a favorite of the student’s, Blink 182’s “All the Small Things.”

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