Concert Club Presents Matt & Kim With Blue Scholars

Violinist Joshua Bell and double-bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding were to have been guest soloists. After 13 months of talks, and “after no significant progress, we found it absolutely necessary to take action to protect the members that we represent,” said James J. Claffey Jr., president of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, in a statement. In statements regarding the labor dispute, both the union and Carnegie Hall management cited differences over union work in the hall’s newly created education wing. “We are disappointed that, despite the fact that the stagehands have one of the most lucrative contracts in the industry, they are now seeking to expand their jurisdiction beyond the concert hall and into the new Education Wing in ways that would compromise Carnegie Hall’s education mission,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s executive and artistic director. New York’s loss was Philadelphia’s gain. The orchestra organized a conducting competition in the lobby before the concert, with would-be podium-hoppers lining up to lead a string ensemble in an excerpt from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik. A near-toddler tried out, his hands guided by orchestra associate conductor Cristian Macelaru. For this half-hour, the orchestra’s podium saw more diversity than in its entire history: women, African American men and women, Asians, the very young. One contestant was slow. The next slower.

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“So many of us who are currently band directors, or have just recently retired, went through Dan’s program. “He cared about his students. Its exciting to know that he touched that many people. He always wanted us to be ourselves, and he treated people with underlying fairness. Everything had to be right. Do the right thing,” Tevis said. “When we work with our students, we always want them to be the best they can be. That’s the kind of attitude he instilled in us.” This annual memorial concert will begin with the university band under the direction of Dr. Tevis. “There are 40 members in our concert band,” Tevis said. “We have a symphonic wind ensemble, which is just a fancy name for a band, but we do play marches. About 60 percent of the students are music majors.” The concert will then feature the 60-member Alumni and Friends Band. Ray Craig was invited to be guest conductor because he was Dr.

Together, Matt & Kim play pop-punk dance music. The duo had its biggest hit in 2009 with Daylight, from its second of four albums, Grand. Seattle hip-hop duo Blue Scholars joined forces in 2002. Members DJ Sabzi and MC Geologic were students at the University of Washington during this time. Blue Scholars released its first, eponymous album in 2004. Matt & Kim with Blue Scholars, in the College Park Ballroom, features big time performers in a small intimate venue, said Concert Club President Steven Stangle 14. The show promises music from many genres to appeal to everyone. Its only $5 for Union students during the presale, and its going to be awesome! Stangle continued. Tickets are $5 for students with Union ID and $20 for non-students. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the concert begins at 8 p.m. in College Park Hall.

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“It was fun, actually, and a totally different way of doing it,” said guitarist Phil Collen. “It was a different dynamic doing the album in full, and it was much more theatrical.” Part of the theatrics came in the form of Ded Flatbird. Singer Joe Elliott suggested the band open for itself during its first-ever Vegas residency, but do it as a fake cover band. “We would actually go out and pretend to be Ded Flatbird, who were supposedly the greatest Def Leppard cover band in the world,” said Campbell. “Joe gave us all aliases. We became different characters, and as the shows progressed, we kind of developed those personalities a little bit more, and that was a fun part of the show… “Then, of course, the curtain reveal and it’s Def Leppard doing ‘Hysteria.'” Ded Flatbird performed nightly during the nine-show engagement, playing obscure material from the early days of Def Leppard and other tracks apart from the “Hysteria” album. Ded Flatbird’s performances are included in the double CD and DVD set, “Viva! Hysteria,” out on Oct. 22. “We were so convincing that a lot of people didn’t actually realize it was us,” said drummer Rick Allen.