WJJW: Turning Up The Sound

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WJJW, the College’s radio station, will present The Sound, an event bringing together five musical acts from MCLA and the surrounding area.

The concert will feature performances by the MCLA Jazz Band with Trevor Wheelock, Immune Friction, House Sparrow, Luke Tobin, and Sons Lunaris. It will take place in Venable Gym on Nov. 11 from 7–11 p.m.

A Day Without Love, who was set to play on Saturday, will not be performing due to communication gaps. The solo act has plans to return to the college next semester.

“The station’s past shows have incorporated student musicians. I also wanted to branch out to get as many different acts as possible,” said senior and president of WJJW James Swinchoski.

Trevor Wheelock was originally approached to perform a solo act, but requested the Jazz Band be included in the final line-up.

Immune Friction is a rock duo from Bennington, VT, with a sound likened to the music of the White Stripes, while Sons Lunaris is a group from Lowell, MA with a psychedelic blues/rock sound.

Local musician Luke Tobin will also be performing, as well as House Sparrow, the project of Francesca Shanks and Joe Aidonidis. Shanks has performed at past concerts as a solo artist.

The show will also be emceed by sophomore Jacob Vitali.

“It’s been a bit of a hassle organizing the event, but it’s going to be well worth it,” Swinchoski said. “It has been fun reaching out to the other groups.”

In the past, WJJW has held their shows in Sullivan Lounge, giving the event a more low-key atmosphere, but the E-board was looking for a change of venue. Venable Gym was considered an option only as a joke at first.

“One of our DJs wanted to get Venable because he was joking that he wanted something like the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ music video,” Swinchoski said. “We only learned later that gyms aren’t the best for sound, but we have a plan to work with the space.”

A strategic stage plan was created to accommodate the best sound possible with the gym’s limitations.

“Last year, we had a lot of collaboration from previous E-board members but unfortunately a lot of those tools of the trade weren’t passed on to the new E-board so we had to piece everything together from what we remembered from last time,” Swinchoski said.

WJJW will also be organizing a concert for the spring, Downtown Sound, which started in spring ’16.

“I think this show is going to be bigger than ones in the past and will help WJJW branch out and grow,” Swinchoski said.

According to Swinchoski, the radio station was not as well known when he was a freshman. Though they have grown due to their expanding presence on campus, there are still many people that do not know about it.

“I know a lot of people who want to get involved in college radio but they don’t always know how to or that they even have that opportunity,” Swinchoski said. “I think this show and future events will help attract people to the station, and help it get bigger and branch out.”