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The Milton Measure

Impressive Spring Beatnik Promises a Successful Beatstock

by on Friday, April 14th, 2017

There’s something enchanting about the minutes leading up to Beatnik. Feet hang from railings, joyful laughter fills the air, and students pack shoulder-to-shoulder on leather couches, foldable chairs, and cozy rugs. As the emcee for the night – usually Magus Mabus Music Editor Maggie O’Hanlon (I) – begins to subdue the roaring crowd, the anticipation of good music and good vibes takes over the room. Beatnik never fails to disappoint the Milton community as herds of students pack into Straus’s tiny space a few times a year.

Magus Mabus, Milton’s literary magazine, hosts Beatnik once every few months. Because anyone at Milton is invited to perform regardless of skill, the night consistently attracts so many from the community. From spoken word poetry to singing, the open mic night hosts a wide range of performances. With a relaxed atmosphere, great music, and snacks galore, Beatnik has become one of the most popular events on campus.

The first Spring Beatnik last Friday lived up to everyone’s expectations. Like most, the night was largely music oriented. As the Music Editor of Magus Mabus, Maggie handles the logistics for the night along with other members of music board. Additionally, she acts as the night’s official emcee as she announces performers and reads off raffle numbers. However, for the most part, it’s the performers and audience members who really take control of the show.

To kick off the night, a Jazz Ensemble jammed to a smooth rendition of the classic “Isn’t She Lovely,” and set the vibe for the night. Like all, last Beatnik featured a wide variety of genres and styles. Siramori Yattassaye (III) impressed the crowd as she effortlessly rapped. Straying from his lively, metal rock covers, Brian Hanley (II) opted for a more subdued cover of Lana del Rey’s “Gods and Monsters.” Eva Westphal wowed us all with a soulful original song. Cheyenne Porcher (I) and Semi Oloko (I) rocked the house with their take on Evanescence’s “Bring me to Life.”

After a long academic week, performers and audience members alike can appreciate the ability to share their passions surrounded by a supportive group of people. With a low stakes environment, Beatniks are vastly different from all other Milton concerts. Instead of striving for perfection, students focus on having fun while they perform. Moreover, at a Beatnik you never hear booing, heckling, or judgement from the audience. Instead, you hear reassuring affirmations for each performer. “Performing at Beatnik is the easiest type of performing. The audience is incredibly forgiving while also very energetic, and the atmosphere for each Beatnik is a very relaxing one,” Nathan Strauss (I) explains.

Reflecting on his experiences at the open mic night, Nathan remarks, “Milton is home to so many talented people, and Beatnik is one of the ways that people who have talents can perform and be recognized.”

Perhaps what truly makes Beatnik feel one of a kind is the purely positive atmosphere. At the end of each performance, each performer receives a truly spirited applause from the audience. “I like Beatnik because it’s so inclusive and supportive. We don’t always get to see our friends let loose and do something they love, so it’s fun to cheer everyone on,” comments Dorsey Glew (II). Eva Westphal (II) agrees saying, “I love the low pressure environment and the support, and especially hearing my friends perform!” The overall support at Beatniks is quite impressive. In fact, as a community, we should take pride in our ability to cheer on our peers with such gusto.

If you missed the event last Friday, Beatstock, the final Beatnik of the school year, will take place in May outside on the quad. At Milton, Beatnick is like a rite of passage and a core component of the culture at Milton. If you haven’t been to one yet, I’d be one to say that you haven’t had the full Milton experience yet. So…go check it out! There will be free food, awesome music, and a fun atmosphere.

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