Musical Talent Showcased at Beatnik
by Louisa Moore on Friday, November 16th, 2012
Last weekend’s activities were primarily centered around Nobles Day, the big day every season for athletes of all sports. But on Friday, students had a chance to see the musical and artistic side of Milton. Magus Mabus, the arts and literary group on campus, sponsored its second Beatnik Café of the year. This event showcases a wide array of musical talent and gives students the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. Performers do not have to belong to a musical group on campus or have any kind of official training. Magus has already hosted one Beatnik earlier this fall and will host two more by the end of the year.
Besides Beatstock, which takes place on the quad, Beatniks are always held in Straus. This location is perfect: its cozy atmosphere and comfy couches always attract many students after a long week of classes. The cookies, chips, and drinks also add to the whole experience. There, students of all classes can feel comfortable performing in front of a friendly audience. Though there is a loose order of performers, Beatnik is largely informal; toward the end, anyone can go up and perform impromptu. During some pieces, especially louder ones with percussion, students chat in the audience. Anyone can walk in or leave at any time, so there is a pretty steady flow of students throughout the evening.
A little past seven, a trio consisting of Miles Awafola (III), Ian Kennedy (III), and Tom Goode (I) kicked off the evening with two jazz pieces. Trickling in, attendees were chatty, but the drums, base, and saxophone drowned out their voices. People began to settle down as the next acts went on. The performers were a very diverse group with about an equal mix of girls and boys. Some performers were solo, others in groups, some with accompaniment, others without. Students of all grades displayed their singing talents and played a range of genres. Most popularly, students either played jazz or sang more recent tunes, such as Call Me Maybe and New Soul.
Magus Mabus also publishes a magazine with student artwork, photography, poems, and stories. Recently, students submitted almost eighty works for consideration, which makes for a lot of tough decisions for the Magus staff. The Magus musical team, headed by Adam Rochelle (I), has also produced a CD of performances in the past and hopes to have another one available when the magazine is distributed.
Beatnik has been one of the great traditions at Milton for years. Here, students can find an outlet for their creativity and impress their peers with their talent. The audience is always enthusiastic and very supportive, no matter the type of performance. Look out for the Beatnik signs across campus later this year. You won’t regret coming to Beatnik–who knows, you might even end up becoming part of the show.
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