College Musicians

Music is such a huge part of all of our lives. Whether you realize it or not you can’t go a day without it. Just try it. Go ahead. You can’t do it. It’s on at home, in the car, in restaurants and stores, walking through campus, on the bus. You literally can’t avoid it. But who would want to?  We grew up with boy bands like N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, and O-Town. Rock groups like Creed, Smashing Pumpkins, and Train. Country performers like Garth Brooks and Tracy Lawrence. Rap artists like Eminem and Dr. Dre.  Now we have a new generation of music forming, but at the roots will always remain my favorite artists: the college musician.

It really is amazing how much talent we have lurking around every corner at JMU. To get a taste of it all you have to do is walk out to the Quad on a sunny day and listen to the bongo and guitar duos jammin’ out, or to a Tuesday Open Mic Night in TDU to catch the solo artists honing in on their skills. But if you really want to see the raw awesome talent that JMU has to offer you really should get out to a show. These shows are all over campus and all over Harrisonburg. No matter what your taste is you can find someone playing something that makes you want to rock!

UPB and Mad4U are teaming up for a Late Night Breakfast/Live at the Drum event in Festival with The Dish Dogs TONIGHT, November 11th. You will be able to eat some great food (as always!), make your own music video, make crafts out of old school record covers, listen to great Americana music (think Bob Dylan), play games (including the not-yet-released XBox Kinect!!!), and SOOOOO much more, which is why I’ll be attending Late Night Breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe with Live at the Drum. You should be there too.

~Josh Grubb, Mad4U Grad Advisor

For Love, For Haiti

The devastation in Haiti has hearts around the globe reeling. Coordinated relief efforts have tried to show the millions affected by the tragedy that they are not alone in their struggles. As a nation we have reached out to offer any aid that we can, and here at JMU we are proud to support one of the most worthy causes that most of us have seen in our lifetimes. As Valentine’s Day approaches, UPB wants to remind the student body to continue to extend their love to those that truly need it. Please come out to the For Love, For Haiti event sponsored by many of the organizations here on campus.

SGA provided a description of the benefit gala tomorrow:

Maybe you’ve found the perfect valentine already, or maybe your still on the last minute prowl, or perhaps you’re just planning on spending the day with friends… whatever your plans are you should come out and do some good while having a “ball”!  The For Love, For Haiti Charity Ball is happening tonight from 7:30-11:30 in our very own Festival Ballroom.  Get all dressed up and throw on your dancing shoes because there will be demonstrations from both the Latin Ballroom and Swing Dance clubs. DJ Masked Man-Ty Walker will dropping the latest hits along with some oldies but goodies.  Not only will there be dancing but there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres and mocktails (so essentially this is a pretty cheap date boys ;-])!  So come on out in your semi-formal attire, have a fantastic evening, potentially find a valentine and make a difference in the world at the same time! We can’t wait to see you there!

Hope to see you all there tomorrow – tickets are available for $3.00 at the Warren Box Office and at the door.

– Stephen