Will lights go up on concert series?
Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 22:04
One of Student Government's initiatives, as stated in the current administration's platform and the SG website, is to host a monthly concert series that features local bands as well as putting on other "festivals and events." This is a great idea (but in reality, who would say it isn't?) because of the potential avenues it would open up for both students and musicians.
A few questions come to mind with this issue. Where would these performances be held? What defines "festivals and events?" What is the scope of "local bands?" "Local" could mean Fort Myers, or it could mean "South Florida," depending on how you define it.
Names that come to mind include Soapy Tuna, Cadence Wednesday and Vega Under Fire, however my breadth of knowledge about local bands is rather slim.
What about talent on campus? A university wouldn't be a university without a plethora of student musicians. Inviting students in a serious band on stage to open for one of the local acts would be a great way to mix local and campus talent. Or a concert could be hosted exclusively for FGCU acts.
An exciting prospect with this initiative is the potential it holds for the Fort Myers music scene in general. As it stands, this city only tends to bring in outside bands through 99x or our own Programming Board.
However, a university with 12,000 students is a potential force, especially considering that we are growing. What if
these monthly concerts expanded from local bands to nationally-touring bands?
I'm not talking about the Fall Out Boys and Blink-182s of the world, but bands that go on smaller tours but still have a bit of a fan base and some recognition.
Whichever way it works out, the concert initiative would provide a source of activity for the people who may not be interested in sports or Greek Life. I would just like to see this initiative see some movement, as it is currently one of the unchecked initiatives on SG's website.
Let's check that bad mother off.