X Marks the Spotlight Show

By Julia Slattery, Spotlight Series Committee Member Chances are you’ve seen some of the signs around campus talking about the X Ambassadors, but some of you might not realize who they are. Don’t be embarrassed! They’re an up-and-coming band and they are playing … Continue reading

Spotlight Series feat. Andrew Rohlk

Starting this semester, Spotlight Sounds’ Spotlight Series will be featuring two acts per month, one being an act that the committee brings on to campus, the other being a JMU student act. The goal for the Spotlight committee this semester is to showcase a diverse array of music as well as to help up and coming bands get their names and music out to the community.

Tonight, JMU Junior Andrew Rohlk, winner of last December’s Rumble Down Under, will be performing in Taylor Down Under at 8 p.m. Spotlight Sounds hosts Rumble Down Under in TDU as a battle of the bands, in which 8 student bands or singer/songwriters perform in front of a panel of judges and an audience of students. While the judges of RDU gave Andrew high marks, the students showed equal support, as he was one of the top runners in the fan vote. Andrew is a singer/songwriter who has been likened to John Mayer, but pulls from a wide variety of music for his influences. Andrew is a friend and fellow band member of Trinity Edralin, who kicked off our Spotlight Series back in September. Currently, he is recording a new solo EP.

Needless to say, as the winner of RDU, Andrew has great talent and the Spotlight committee hopes to see plenty of students at TDU tonight at 8 p.m. when he will showcase his music for the JMU and Harrisonburg community!

~Hayley Thompson, Spotlight Sounds Committee Member

What I’m Thankful For…

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as we pull into our home stretch, I figured it would only be appropriate to write about a couple things I’m thankful for.

It goes without saying that I’m thankful for family, friends, and food (I’m so excited for the Thanksgiving feast that I think I can smell it already), but apart from that, I’m thankful for music. More importantly, I’m thankful for this year’s Rumble Down Under.

Rumble Down Under is JMU’s equivalent to a “School of Rock”-esque Battle of the Bands. While Jack Black will not be making an appearance tonight, there will still be awesome music AND delicious goodies (FOR FREE). Come out tonight to hear some of JMU’s finest talent, including SUTG, Adam in America, Andrew Rohlk & many more! The best part of Rumble Down Under is that the audience gets to play a part in selecting the finest talent, so round up all your friends so you can help pick the best band!  The winner of RDU this year gets hooked up with student-run record label Madistrophic, a professional photo-shoot, and their very own Spotlight Series in January.

~Elyse Krachman, Spotlight Series Director

Ace Enders is Coming to JMU!

On Wednesday, April 21st Ace Enders will be performing at JMU for the first time in his career.  Ace got his start in the small town of Hammonton, New Jersey, when he and his three best friends formed The Early November in 2001.  The Early November quickly took over the pop punk scene and once signed to Drive Thru Records they began touring with some of their biggest influences.  A few of these bands include The Starting Line, Saves The Day and Copeland. 

While touring and recording with The Early November, Ace began writing new music that didn’t seem to fit with his old band anymore.  This new material sparked a side project called I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business.  Their first CD was released in 2004 and took the folk/indie scene by storm. 

In early 2006 Ace married his high school sweetheart Jennifer Rock and in early 2009 they found out that they would be having their first baby, a little boy, in September.  At this time Ace had been concentrating mostly on recording a producing for other bands. In between starting a new family and producing he still found time to release a CD for his second side project Ace Enders And A Million Different People. 

Ace recently decided to return to touring with I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and they just released their second CD, The World We Know on March 23rd.  Which Ace believes is his best CD to date and has never been more proud of an album. 

Ace Enders will be performing in Taylor Down Under on April 21st at 8pm.  Opening for Ace is a band that he recently produced a CD for named Echo Screen.  Hope to see you all there!

– Sam Scutellaro