Traveling Show features indie band Run River North

By Matthew Saunders

The Associated Students, Inc. Bronco Events & Activities Team made U-Hour on Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona more interesting. The student initiative invited Run River North to campus, an indie/folk rock band, to perform a part of their traveling show.

Run River North performed their songs while walking from the Bronco Student Center to Starbucks. The band is based in the San Fernando Valley, and is signed to independent record label Nettwerk Music Group.

“I have been following Run River North since they started,” said second-year kinesiology student David Peig. “I was so stoked when I found out they were playing today during U-Hour. I saw them two times before today and they do not disappoint.”

The band started their hour-long performance in the Center Court of the BSC. Students eating lunch or studying in the area were taken by surprise when the band started playing.

Run River North left many students in awe with their catchy verses, an assortment of acoustic instruments and four-part harmonies.

“It was lots of fun seeing Run River North preform today during U-Hour,” said second-year kinesiology student Matt Chan. “It made for a good lunch break, and it provided a stress relief in between classes.”

Fifth-year business student Kenny Huang also liked the performance.

“I was eating my lunch, and they randomly started playing,” said Huang. “It was very entertaining and ASI should events like this more often.”

The band played a three-song set inside the usually noisy BSC. From the BSC, the band, ASI staff and students who wanted to see more of the band moved to the University Park.

The band had students circled around them as they played a few more songs.

After the band was done with their second set, the band told their audience about where they should be if they wanted to be a part of Run River North’s new music video.

“I filmed the band today and worked with them in the green room,” said second-year accounting student and ASI videographer Austin Braunschweigger. “It was lots of fun working with the band, and I really enjoyed their sound. I like how they have a unique sound and their music is very meaningful.”

The band then slowly progressed to the campus Starbucks, with the filming crew and fans in tow.

Once Run River North arrived, the band played their last set that consisted of three original songs. After finishing their set, the band met and conversed with students at their merchandise table located in front of the BSC.

“It was definitely a difference experience playing today compared to playing a venue on tour,” said John Chong, drummer of Run River North. “I feel the performance was very guerrilla, but it turned out great.

“We have been touring with some weeks off since January, so it definitely felt good to come home, take a short break from touring and play this show today.”

Many students found the performance a refreshing experience that turned an ordinary day at CPP into something much more.

Run River North

Jairo Pineda / The Poly Post

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