This week, the majority of Union students found themselves anxiously checking their weather apps by the hour, praying that Saturday’s Springfest would be sunny and warm. To everyone’s delight, the sun was shining down on Union’s annual free outdoor concert this year. West Beach was packed with students singing and dancing, a perfect stress reliever in the wake of midterms.
While most colleges often announce concert performances months in advance, Union’s Springfest lineup was announced last Thursday. Students all week were eagerly guessing who the performers were going to be and impatiently waiting for the performance reveal. Another unique aspect of Union’s Springfest concert is that it is completely free for all students, which isn’t the case at many other college concerts. In addition, the event is entirely student-run and student-produced. This year the concert included stellar performances from The Griswolds, Plain White T’s and Shaggy.
The Griswolds, a four person indie-rock band from Sydney, Australia, opened up the concert around 12:30 p.m. Students basked in the sun while the group played some of their hits; “16 Years,” “Beware the Dogs” and “Right on Track” were just a few that they serenaded the crowd with. The Griswolds did a great job of pumping up the Union community while also facilitating relaxed vibes.
The Plain White T’s is an American pop band that was formed in 1971 in Lombard, Illinois by high school friends Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Ken Fletcher and Steve Mast. The crowd jubilantly sang along to their platinum, Grammy nominated songs like “1234” and “Rhythm of Love.” The band then performed another crowd favorite, “Our Time Now,” a song that was featured in the trailer of ‘Greek.’ An awesome moment was when the band performed their 2006 number-one hit song “Hey There Deliliah.” Though the song was released 10 years ago, many remembered the words and waved their hands in the air in unison, enjoying the illustrious song.
The show closed with reggae fusion singer and deejay Shaggy. He originally rose to musical acclaim in 1993 after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Crowd favorites from Shaggy were “Oh Carolina,” “Bombastic,” “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” At the end of the performance a few students were actually invited up on stage to dance with Shaggy and his band. Although much of the crowd was overwhelmed with jealously, they nevertheless belted out the words to his catchy tunes. Shaggy’s charisma and energy allowed him to incorporate everyone in the crowd.
Along with the music, the barbecue from campus dining put a smile on everyone’s face. The campus community was able to take a break from dancing and indulge in hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad and lemonade. Students who didn’t want to leave the concert area were able to get various ice cream treats from an ice cream truck inside the venue.
Overall, Springfest was a massive success. The student body enjoyed the music and food and loved dancing with their friends on such a beautiful day. Once again, Union students did an unbelievable job of creating a memorable Springfest!