The final SU-approved budget for Social Programming Board includes a fall concert that will be held at the Pageant rather than the Gargoyle, a change intended to attract and accommodate more students while reducing cost per head. Though we commend SPB for taking steps to upgrade its historically underappreciated concert series, we at Student Life are skeptical as to whether this move to the Pageant is the best way to do so.
The Gargoyle is one of the most underappreciated spaces on campus, only used for the semesterly concerts put on by Social Programming Board. Other than that, the venue sits empty in the Mallinckrodt Center basement, save for a few WU-SLam or Kuumba events here and there and SPB’s Happy Hour. We at Student Life feel that this is a shame.
The crowd was starting to get edgy after over an hour of generic dance music from opener Hotel Garuda (a whisper in the crowd asked, “Has this all been one song?”), when suddenly the Gargoyle finally plunged into full darkness. Startled back into awareness, students cheered as Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” began to echo throughout the small space.
Last weekend, LouFest illustrated how far commercially viable alternative rock has shifted in the past decade. Blue October took us back to a time when brawny post-grunge and eyeliner-streaked pop punk dominated alternative radio stations like Q101. The band stood in clear contrast to today’s indie pop, which, as the name suggests, takes influence from the kinds of top-40 fare previous iterations of alternative rock explicitly opposed.
Alternative band Smallpools will headline Social Programming Board’s fall Gargoyle concert, SPB announced Thursday.
Electronic indie-rock group STRFKR will headline Social Programming Board’s spring Gargoyle concert, SPB announced Sunday evening.
Student comedians had the chance to unveil their talents and bring the laughs this Monday night in the first-ever Student Showcase Comedy Club.
The first Gargoyle concert of the semester was its best in a long while as Social Programming Board booked St. Lucia for a free show the night of Friday, Feb. 21. St. Lucia is the stage name of Jean-Philip Grobler, a South African musician who currently resides in Brooklyn.
With the crowd screaming and the hosts swearing in admiration as he pulled off flips and more exotic “airflare suicides” in the Gargoyle, Miguel Rosario aka Gravity and his two-man crew stole the fifth annual Show Me STyLez competition Saturday.
Washington University’s biggest and highest funded student programming body is in the midst of a major facelift.