Harris/Millis: The makings of an unconventional concert hall

On the evening of Feb. 24, a stage suddenly appeared in the Harris/Millis lobby. It came complete with a table of food, a tapestry featuring Bob Marley with a wide-toothed grin, colored lights, instruments and microphones.

Students wandered in and out, eating the free pizza provided by the organic pizzeria Bite Me, doing homework or just relaxing to the music.

The musical selection covered the extreme of many genres. The first act consisted of a hip-hip trio called Habit & Skywalker, who did a couple of previously composed songs but primarily free-styled during their set.

Following them was singer-songwriter Ashley Paige. Her voice, which had the addictive combination of gentleness and strength, was a perfect complement to the images in her songs. She played a single acoustic guitar, bringing a mellow feeling to the space.

As if these two acts weren’t enough of a contrast, the act that followed was a hard rock group called Second Agenda. They filled the lobby with guitar riffs and drumbeats. The audience bobbed their heads in response to the “heavy” act.

The evening finished with tribal music from Working Mans’ Army, which included as one of its members is Addam Jacob Cram, a previous employee of the Marché who is also known as “Visionary.”

The group played djembes, a type of drum that originated in West Africa, guitars and didgeridoos, a sizable wind instrument that was created by the Aborigines of northern Australia. This seemed a perfect way to cap off the evening, with something sensual and previously unexpressed.

The atmosphere of the show was casual. Those who attended seemed grateful for the break from the week’s stresses and demands. The donations that were collected from the crowd went to help support refugees who have taken up residence in Burlington.

There will be another, similar event in the near future. The date and location will be announced, but as of now it seems it will be held in Living/Learning. So take a break, put down the textbook and be sure to attend.