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Music lovers of all kinds flock to Eastman On Campus

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Music lovers of all kinds flock to Eastman On Campus

Annual fraternity party focuses on bringing two campuses closer together

Avery Scanlon


Each year, at the River Campus of the University of Rochester, the Alpha Delta Phi (ΑΔΦ) fraternity hosts a night of partying, festivities, and live music in an event called "Eastman On Campus". The bands were comprised of University of Rochester students from both River Campus and Eastman in an effort to build a stronger bond between the two campuses.

Eastman on Campus utilizes music to help students intermingle and connect on a more personal level while showcasing UR talent. The program, on October 21st of this year, featured three bands respectively: Hip Conspiracy, Juicy Connotation, and the new Eastman-based band Shag Mantra, formerly known as The Bootymovers.

The quintet Hip Conspiracy started the night off with a blend of elements from classic jazz fusion, progressive rock, and neo-soul. Their implementation of strong, "in-the-pocket" grooves in a mixture of meters, their dense yet inviting harmonic palette, well-arranged pieces, and takes on other artists' compositions such as folk song/jazz tune "St. James Infirmary", Joshua Redman's "Jazz Crimes", and "Free Fallin'" by recently deceased rock icon Tom Petty brought a smile to the faces of the listeners.

Second on the program was another quintet with the same saxophone, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums instrumentation- Juicy Connotation. This band took a much less planned-out approach to their pieces, but was still able to create quite meaningful music. With groovy tunes ranging from funk, rock, and bossa nova, this high energy group provided strong improvisation on what the music world calls jam tunes. Jam tunes have a relatively simple formal structure: a straight-eighths groove, and a vamp between only a few different chords that function mainly as a vehicle for soloists.

Last to the stage was the new band Shag Mantra from the Eastman School of Music. This band played all original music and featured an extended instrumentation of trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone, bass trombone, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. They hit at the end of the night and was definitely the favorite of many in attendance. The deep pocket in the rhythm section combined with the strong punch of the horns, the fiery improvisation, and a slew of mixed meters and metric modulations encouraged nearly everyone drop what they were doing and start dancing.

It was a great hang with friends old and new.
~ Andrew Tachine, drummer for The Bootymovers (Eastman School of Music Class of 2019)

The laid-back atmosphere combined with the opportunity to hear great live music was a wonderful experience. Until next year!

Photography by Tyler Hayford