Irrelevant Fall Concert Lineup Disappoints
More Money Must Be Alotted If UGBC Hopes To Bring Relevant, Popular Performers To Campus
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 00:09
Many factors go into planning the Fall Concert, including the price of the artist, the availability of both the artist and of Conte Forum, and the popularity of the artist among students. In addition, the relatively recent moratorium on large-scale programming on Saturdays has further limited the nights available for concerts.
This year, the combination of factors has resulted in a thoroughly disappointing fall concert—O.A.R. and Moe Pope, for a ticket price of $30. O.A.R., a rock band known for its hit “Shattered”—which was released more than five years ago—has not released an album in two years. Moe Pope, an indie rapper from Boston, has received little mainstream attention.
While schools like Boston University, Harvard, and Brown host large-scale, popular, and current artists like Childish Gambino, BC continues to pull in weak, outdated acts that fail to draw significant numbers of students, with Macklemore at Modstock in May being the lone exception.
Beyond the lackluster nature of the artists performing, the ticket pricing is perhaps an even stronger deterrent for students. While the price is comparable to previous spring and fall concerts, it is difficult to justify paying $30 to see an act that is as irrelevant as O.A.R. and as unknown as Moe Pope.
Traditionally, the fall and spring concerts are the largest, most important programming events for UGBC, and a significant portion of their more than $500,000 budget goes toward the events. Yet fiscal concerns are still a significant problem when planning the concerts, according to Tim Koch, co-coordinator of concerts for UGBC and A&S ’14. To this, there are at least two potential solutions. The first would be for UGBC to use its $500,000 budget in a way that is more representative of the desires of the student body—namely, in securing popular and relevant acts for the fall and spring concerts. Concerts are one of the few programming events put on at BC each year that can truly attract a diverse and significant portion of the student body, and it is not unreasonable to use the majority of funds on events such as these rather than those focused on much more limited segments of the BC community.
Another solution would be for Nights on the Heights (NOTH) to use some of its equally large budget to assist UGBC in sponsoring the annual spring and fall concerts. Rather than hosting a barbeque before the concert with customizable trucker hats and glitter tattoos, perhaps NOTH could have used that money, with UGBC, to hire a more popular act.
UGBC can do little to change the fact that there are so few possible dates for the fall and spring concerts. They can, however, find a way to allot more money to these events so that they can afford an act that displays understanding of and concern for students’ interests and expectations.