About 70 EMU students came to the Mainstage Theater Friday night at 9 p.m. to find the stage set up with the hallmarks of live music; microphones, drum set, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, keyboard, bongo drum, and a large stuffed fish. Okay, maybe not the usual hallmarks. Soon, five young men came out on stage wearing funky clothing such as a cabby hat and plaid pants.
The Fishermen Band played from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. They were the first event in Campus Activities Counsel’s Performing Arts Series. The band, which plays upbeat, pleasant reggae music, hails from Washington, D.C. They currently have three albums on the market.
Lindsay Hough, the lead singer and electric guitarist, amiably introduced the band, presenting his brother Flip Hough, back-up vocalist on the acoustic guitar and bongos; Brian Waitzman on the bass; drummer Chris Compton and keyboardist Andre Leonard. Lindsay Hough then encouraged the audience to begin “boogying” along with the band.
The addition of the keyboard gave an unexpected soft touch to the reggae concert. It was clear that the performers were having a good time; even the drummer was smiling! There was a free-spirited mood in the air, and many audience members were tapping their feet along with the beat. The audience as a whole responded enthusiastically.
The lyrics consisted of simple truths such as “Life is a lot of twists and turns…I learned a lot along the way,” with a few surprising word choices thrown in, like “sun dripping down our spines.” Even the songs with sadder lyrics such as “You were the best I ever had” were accompanied by buoyant, bubbly music, making this concert perfect for those in need of a pick-me-up.
When asked about the band’s inspiration, Lindsay replied, “Phil and I grew up with Motown- Stevie Wonder… that kind of thing.”
Junior Joseph Arbaugh commented on the band with excitement: “I only have five dollars, which probably isn’t enough for a CD, so I’m going to see if they’ll take my shirt.”
Senior Cody Walker was also enthusiastic about the performance: “It was awesome! A lot better than what I expected. The lead singer had one of the best voices I have ever heard.”
For some, the band was a bit different than what they were used to. Junior Sarah Parson stated, “[The music]’s okay. It’s not really my kind of music, but they were good.”
Next in the CAC Performing Arts Series will be a one-hour performance by comedian/magician/juggler Paul Miller this Friday at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater. This event will be free of charge.
The third event in the Performing Arts Series will be a one-hour performance by magician Peter Boie on November 17th at 8 p.m., also in the Mainstage Theater. It will also be free of charge.
As far as general CAC events, this weekend’s campus movie will be “Brave”, showing in SC 106 at 10 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, CAC will host a tailgating party, scheduled to take place between the women’s and men’s soccer games.
Monica Root, Staff Writer