Our imaginary GPB Spring Concert wishlist
What, no repeat performance?
Apparently sick of hearing people complain about the bands it chooses for its kinda-sorta biannual concert, this semester, the Georgetown Program Board wants YOU to decide who Georgetown will be hosting for the Spring Kickoff concert. (What are we kicking off? Spring?)
GPB sent a mass email this morning with a link to a voting site listing 13 artists and asked students to rank the bands 1-14 (no, that’s not my typo). If you vote, treat this like the mock-election of your middle school years when you voted for the president: GPB hasn’t seen a lot of success bringing comparable bands to campus in recent years (re: Fountains of Wayne).
Here’s who we’d like to see win this fantasy election:
Lupe Fiasco: After 2007’s The Cool, Lupe is the clear number one choice on the survey. And given that he spent the majority of last year on tour with Kanye, there is no way that some of that theatricality and general ridiculousness didn’t rub off.
Ben Folds: A good performer with a solid catalogue to back him up, and who can say no to the man who put William Shatner in a recording studio?And remember when you found out that “Brick” was about getting an abortion? Now you can relive that loss of innocence by helping bring Ben to campus.
Guster: While they definitely don’t have the most artistic merit on the list, there is something to be said for well-made pop songs, which this Bostonian band does so well. Plus they use bongos.
Jack’s Mannequin: This isn’t the first time Georgetown has shown the band some love: all-male a capella group The Capitol G’s do a bang-up rendition of “Bruised,” and a former Hoya music columnist once lavished accolades on the group’s album Everything in Transit. But much more importantly, JM is fronted by once-upon-a-time Something Corporate lead singer Andrew McMahon. If they win — and despite my best efforts to get the vote out, it’s admittedly a long shot — expect a couple of drunk kids shouting for him to play “If You C Jordan.”
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