Last night doesn't feel like it really happened - I almost refuse to believe that I pulled off bringing Girl Talk to Hollins. It all went really smoothly - minus the part where we had to move everything to the rain location at the last minute, and that the police came on a noise complaint (at least they didn't shut us down). But everyone seemed to really like it.
Also, can we talk about how Gregg Gillis is like, the nicest guy EVER? Totally sweet, and kind of soft spoken, which I didn't expect. Since there were only like 100-200 people there, and the stage was tiny, he just moved his table and laptops to the floor and played there, letting people dance all over the stage. It was AWESOME.
More photos on Facebook, as always.
That whole semester where I stressed over this to the point where I wanted to die? Totally worth it.
Chris Pureka returned to my school last night to play "Rock The Stacks" during our Spring Previews weekend. She played here last spring, and I was excited to see her return since I missed last year's performance.
Generally, I am not a fan of female folk music. I don't like the prevailing vocal style or the similar guitar work that the women use. However, Pureka has won me over with her beautiful singing voice, intense lyrics, and engaging banter.
She played for an hour and a half, drawing songs from her multiple albums and threw in a Bruce Springsteen cover ("I'm On Fire") for good measure. She cracked jokes inbetween all her songs. It was a bit odd to jump from banter to songs - the vast majority of Pureka's catalog is extremely depressing. In fact, she joked that the last song she played was the only happy one in her repertoire. She talked about how a friend sums up indie music by saying her record didn't go platinum, but rather went rusty can. She read aloud a letter she received asking her to try out for Miss Massachusetts. She kept the audience in stitches - if she hadn't, we might have all been in tears by the end of it due to her lyrics.
Her performance was near perfect - the acoustics in the library are perfect for this kind of performance. Pureka is a gifted guitarist, and her gravelly vocals complement her subject matter very nicely. Overall, it was a pleasant, low-key evening - one I wasn't particularly expecting to enjoy but ended up loving.
Last night was Hollins' annual drag king show. This year's theme was Miss-ter Hollins (playing off the fact that the current Miss Virginia attends our school). The show was great and the subsequent NEFA party was the best I've seen in a long time.