Rock Jammers On Stage
Among the huge piles of assignments and study sheets for midterm exams Thursday night, Oct. 13, was like an oasis for AUBG students. The Rock Jamming Club organized its first Acoustic session for this academic year and once again infused ABF café with music, excitement and joy.
A huge audience (“bigger than ever before” according to some regular guests of the sessions) crowded the ABF café, which was then turned into a music hall. A whole bunch of faces were smiling and waiting for the upcoming performances.
The performers soon hit the stage. They played a big range of musical pieces by well-known rock/pop bands and singers among which were “Oasis”, “Red Hot Chili Peppers”, Chris Isaak, Tom Odell and Ed Sheeran. Besides that, the audience was surprised by some performances in Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
The musicians were mostly part of the Rock Jamming Club, though the participation in the concert was open for all AUBG students who have any talent in playing music. Some of the Rock Jammers expressed their gratitude to the club and its leaders who excessively work with them.
“Being a part of the Rock Jamming Club is great,” shared Aiman Zhumakayeva – a second-year Rock Jamming performer. “It doesn’t require any special talents or skills but rather teaches you how to grow in music and gives you confidence to express it before the others.”
The president of AUBG, Stratsi Kulinski, as well as some AUBG professors were also enjoying the Acoustic night. Prof. Joseph Pilov and Prof. Markus Wien congratulated the Rock Jamming team on organizing the event and even said that they are also willing to perform in the future if they have enough time to practice. Prof. Pilov, who is a former AUBG student and a music performer himself, expressed his appreciation for the event.
“There have been such events at AUBG from its very beginning,” he said. “It’s good that the Rock Jamming Club is keeping the tradition and I encourage them to continue doing that as it surely enriches the university.”
This year the Rock Jamming club is participating in a special charity initiative which was brought to AUBG students at the Acoustic concert. During the whole evening contributions were collected in a donations box. The collected money will be given to Vera Vet, a pet clinic, which will use it for treating homeless animals picked up off the street. The initiative was suggested by Eddie Sullivan, a forth-year student and the captain of the Rock Jamming organizing team.
“We have wanted for over a year now to have some charity for our acoustic concerts. As recently Vera Vet had her donations box for the animals, we thought it would be a good opportunity to help her out,” commented Eddie Sullivan. “I would say that it was overall successful but for future acoustics we will probably have a box like that somewhere more central and visible.”
The next Acoustic session is planned for the second or third week after the Fall Break and will stage full bands performances.