Second Beatnik Takes the Stage Tonight
by Louisa Moore on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
By now, the sight of Johnnie Gilmore (I) and his luscious locks at morning assemblies have become a part of our daily routine. As music editor of Magus Mabus, Milton’s arts, literature, and music magazine, he has devoted his time to encouraging the student body to come out to tonight’s Beatnik.
This event, hosted by Magus Mabus every few months or so, is essentially an open mic night in Straus Library. Performance spots are open to the entire student body, regardless of experience level, type of instrument, or musical style. With its relaxed atmosphere, comfortable setting, and fun performances, Beatnik is easily one of the most popular events of the year.
Tonight’s Beatnik will be no different, according to Johnnie, who is responsible for carrying the Beatnik Café’s legacy. He and past music editors have not changed the event in recent years. “We’ll have an opening jam and a closing jam bookending student performances,” Johnnie describes. Other than this arrangement, Johnnie lets the students take the reins, allowing them to make the night as unique and personalized as possible. As Beatnik is one of the most beloved events on campus, Johnnie had an extensive list of performers after only a couple of announcements. While Johnnie loves the enthusiasm of student performers, he would “love to see some faculty perform as well — my freshman year a few faculty members played and it was great!”
Milton students, performers, and audience members alike appreciate the opportunity that Beatnik provides for students to show their talent and passions. Talia Rubenstein (III) plays a less well-known style of guitar called fingerstyle, so performing at Beatnik “gives [her] a chance to show what [she’s] been working on and get inspiration from others, too!” She also calls the event “a great opportunity to collaborate with friends.” Ian Kennedy (II), a bassist, has also enjoyed his Beatnik experiences, playing at every Beatnik because “I absolutely love the atmosphere.” Ian emphasizes that the supportive environment “encourages each person to try something, even if it’s their first time ever on stage.”
Ian, reflecting much of the student body’s opinion, states, “I believe that Beatnik is the greatest weekend event there is, because it is entirely student run with the content focusing entirely on the talents of the members of the Milton community in a way that is not paralleled by any other event.”
It’s a rite of passage to attend at least one Beatnik during your Milton career. So take Friday night off, and support your friends and peers in Straus tonight at 7:00 PM. You will hear some awesome music… and there will be free food too!
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