Wash. U. gone W.I.L.D.
So we all know what happened last weekend, right? W.I.L.D., that’s what. Talib Kweli, some other people. Great times, right?
Well, I wouldn’t know. Let me tell you why.
Before it was announced who was performing at W.I.L.D., I had never heard of Kweli or David Banner or Kid Sister. Nite Owl was a superhero in Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.” You could say rap isn’t my thing. That’d be an oversimplification, but it’s true enough.
I’m going to talk about music for a little bit now. W.I.L.D. was a five-hour event, musically. Those five hours consisted entirely of rap, a genre of music, which while more approachable than Swedish heavy metal opera, is not really something you can immediately get into. Now, correct me if I’m wrong about this, but I don’t think there were any big names here either. Nite Owl doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.
But still, I decided to participate and have a good time. I mean, it’s not every day you get to see a free concert, is it? And free food is always good.
So I left with some friends at about 4:05 to go over to Brookings Quad. Bolstered by rumors of free Chipotle until 5:30 or whenever they ran out, we meandered to campus. At 4:15, I saw people from my floor leaving without any food. They told me that the free Chipotle had already run out.
This does not make sense to me. If you’re planning on serving food until 5:30, wouldn’t it make sense to have enough food to last until then? Or even enough food to last more than one-sixth of that time? Granted, I don’t really know any of these details for sure. Maybe there was no free Chipotle. Maybe the plan was for it to end before the concert started at 4:30. Maybe they didn’t really run out at 4:15…(We never checked because we were told they were out; instead, we walked in and we lay down.) And it’s not like W.I.L.D. has never been put on before; Team 31 knew about how many people would be there, when they would get there and pretty much everything they’d need to know in order to correctly gauge the amount of food they’d need. But the lack of burritos is not really all that important to the story.
So we get to W.I.L.D., and the first act comes on. All I can say about Nite Owl is that there is a reason he’s not popular enough for a Wikipedia page. We left.
A while later, we came back. I got free pizza and then went to the bathroom. When I got out, I saw a friend of mine who was having some trouble, so I helped get him back to the dorm, and then I stayed in the rest of the night. I figured I wasn’t missing anything. In talking with people who were at W.I.L.D. for the whole time, the general consensus seems to be that I figured correctly.
Now, I’m not saying Team 31 needs to bring in The Who or The Rolling Stones for the spring (although if they did, it would be the greatest W.I.L.D. ever), but can’t they get R.E.M. to come back? Or how about the Arctic Monkeys? Maybe some indie rock band no one’s ever heard of? That certainly would keep with the “no one’s ever heard of our acts” theme that was established this year.
Or even The Romantics. They came once before; what’s to say they wouldn’t again? Come to think of it, I think I’d probably be happy with any band, as long as it is actually a band. Let’s get some instruments and musicianship back on that stage.