Springfest in full bloom: Roots and Trees thrive under blue skies

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By Sam Bertschmann

West Beach became a sea of brightly colored tank tops and pinneys as students gathered for the highly anticipated Springfest 2011. Held on a sunny, warm Saturday, this year’s musical lineup included legendary hip-hop ensemble The Roots, upbeat pop group 2AM Club, and alternative rock sensation Neon Trees.

The Roots performed last and their set featured fan-favorite single “The Seed” as well as snippets of songs by other bands, such as Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Led Zeppelin’s “The Immigrant Song,” and Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.”

Overall, the event attracted a large turnout, with few problems. According to Dan Moldwin ‘12, Lieutenant of Union College Emergency Medical Services, there were a total of six hospital transports this year, all of which were alcohol-related. This number is much lower than ones that occurred the past few years.

2AM Club and Neon Trees opened the concert. 2AM Club kicked off the show with crowd-pleasing hits such as “Let Me Down Easy” and “Worry About You.” The California-based band was a promising start to the three-part concert.

Neon Trees followed, appealing to the audience with the catchy “1983” and immensely popular, rousing “Animal.” The group apparently had as great a time as the students, judging by lead singer Tyler Glenn’s Twitter update, which described the event as “the frat party [he] never went to but saw in a movie…pretty damn fun.”

Students kept refreshed with free summertime snacks provided by two ice cream trucks parked on the lawn and enjoyed a mid-afternoon barbecue prepared by Dining Services staff.

“It was a perfect spring day with great music, good food, and friends,” said Meghan Kupiec ‘14.

Some students, however, were not thrilled with the music selection.

“I wish we had brought a band whose songs I knew,” said Cait Miner ‘11. “As a senior, I think past Springfests were more fun because Union brought at least one band I knew each time. I still definitely had fun, though, and I know most of my friends did too, so I’m glad that our school does something like this for us every spring term.”

Director of Student Activities Matt Milless was impressed with the turnout and concert itself. “I was pleased with how the student body responded to this year’s Springfest. Additionally, the performers seemed to play to the audience, offering some covers and good festival music. I was very happy that the committee was, again, able to offer diversity in the talent they chose for this year’s event,” he said.

In addition to musical festivities, the Sigma Phi Society hosted its annual Rum and Reggae party and the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity held its annual Fiji Island themed party.

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