Student Bands Share Stage at World Carnival

Carbon Leaf rocks the admissions field at World Carnival. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Carbon Leaf rocks the admissions field at World Carnival. (Photo by Matt Molek)

After a rainy week, World Carnival began on a surprisingly sunny Friday. Held on the Admissions field on April 17th at 4:00pm, the carnival lasted two days and attracted hundreds of visitors of all ages. The World Carnival was a place for family and friends featuring cultural and student club performances, obstacle courses, inflatable laser tag, student bands and a wide variety of craft and food vendors.

Student bands, elected weeks beforehand, began playing shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday. The winning spot went to Factoral!, which was comprised of students Peter Lance, Brian Kok, Dan Schell, and Will Hasek. Factorial! performed in an 8:15p.m. primetime spot before visiting artists The Mahoney Brothers, a Beatles cover band, performed at 9:30pm. Altogether, six student bands and numerous clubs got to perform between both days.

On Saturday, the longer half of World Carnival began. Out came the vendors, arts and craft tables, and club sponsored events. Tables lined the Admissions Field as students, faculty and community members alike crowded the field. Everyone gathered around, whether they were eating delicious food whose smells  wafted through the tents and around the different tables, standing in line for fake tattoos, playing laser tag, racing others through the obstacle course, or simply listening to music and watching student clubs dance. General admission to all the events was free, although both the Friday and Saturday night concerts required a student ID.

What many students were looking forward to most, however, was the guest performance by the Celtic alternative-rock band Carbon Leaf. With a set by the runner up of the battle of the bands, Half The Battle, that began at 8:00pm, students had to leave the tent for around an hour until 9:30pm when Carbon Leaf arrived onstage.

As students approached entrance to the tent of the concert, Joanne Goldwater and several other volunteers stood waiting to check ID cards, bags, and guest inside. Even if you didn’t have an ID, you could still view the concert from outside the tent, at least if there weren’t any public safety officers around.

The tent became quickly filled and the heat from the crowd engulfed the space inside. Carbon leaf played several songs, and the crowd was ecstatic- complete with crowd surfers and semi-mosh pits.

Unlike the members EVE6, when they performed last year in March, Carbon Leaf’s members thrived on the electric, inebriated, energy of the audience and went along with the antics that were going on in the sea of people below them as they played.

“I loved it,” said freshman Lisa Whittington. “All the band members were expressive – I really liked the guitar instrumental at the end.” Corrie Byrne, an Anumni, visited the college to see the performance. “I’ve seen Carbon Leaf before when they did older songs; I loved some of their newer stuff. All I can say is holy mackerel!”

Junior Molly McKee had a thoughtful response in regards to the concert’s turnout. “Everyone got really into it, there was a very good turnout and the audience really fed off of the enthusiasm of the band. It was amazing!”

Sophomore Ben Lang agrees that the band had good stage presence. “They had a good set of songs and still introduced a lot of originals- their music was very accessible,” Lang said. “They came ready to play.”

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