(photos by Nick Stephens’13)
Last Saturday was the kickoff of Music@CELEB, a new event held at Gallery ABBA in downtown Beloit. The goal is to “provide an opportunity for performers to practice a short set in front of a friendly audience of fellow performers and music appreciators,” said Ari Weil’11, one of the students heading up the project and the emcee for the inaugural performance.
Last weekend, several artists played 20-25 minute sets followed by a few minutes of discussion. Anna Holmquist'12 and Lauren Nelson'12 shared a set of acoustic covers and originals; Clara Baker'13, Steven Jackson'12, and Nate Whitley'11 played originals and traditionals; and Leo Brochu'13 and Galen Michel'13 performed a set of experimental music.
Music@CELEB was started by the 12 students of professor Ian Nie’s audio recording and editing class. Several of the students attended a collaborative open mike at the Self Employment in the Arts Conference in February. They realized that Gallery ABBA would be the perfect venue for such an event, and a new performance series was born.