Bnet Houariyat, a six-woman group of Moroccan dancers, singers and percussionists, treated 26 students to an informal performance and master class on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 18. Entering Dittmanns Studio One in traditional costumes, the artists beat out rhythms and sang a message meaning We are happy, glad to be here. We are asking good spirits of the country to protect us and give us good moments together.
For the second annual Lutefest in 2005, planners found the main act to be unexpectedly popular. In a time when the reigning popular music among college-age students is the typical indie-pop band (i.e. The Bravery and Motion City Soundtrack, the Fall Concert picks for 2005 and 2006, respectively, and Rooney, the 2006 Lutefest headliner), Pause organizers chose the bluegrass band Nickel Creek to much enthusiasm from students.
Students present for Nickel Creeks genre brother, Pert Near Sandstone, in the Pause Tuesday, Oct. 10, must have been the same that cheered at Lutefest in 2005.
Dittmanns Studio One was full of the unique rhythms and energies of West African music the evening of Thursday, Oct. 12, as Sidiki Condé and his partner, Balla Kouyaté, performed for a large and captive audience. Condé is a native of Guinea and Kouyaté a native of Mali, both countries in West Africa.