By Izbel Torres
The Associated Students, Inc. Bronco Events and Activities Team held the second annual Rock the Commons concert for the Cal Poly Pomona community.
Those who missed out on Coachella or just wanted to hear some live music gathered on the Bronco Commons lawn on Friday night to view performances from Cartoon Chadwicks, Good Rocky’s Revolver, Levitation Room and dreamy rock n’ roll duo Summer Twins.
“When you think of Rock the Commons, just think of a concert,” said Hana Kim, a fourth-year hospitality management student and ASI BEAT music chair. “This is a nice reliever, and it’s happening right after Coachella. If people missed out on it, they can come out to Rock the Commons and listen to music.”
The concert was combined with CPP’s first Bronco Night Market, an event that brought vendors to sell food and products during band performances.
The first band that performed was Cartoon Chadwicks, an eccentric ensemble that likes to engage its audience.
“[Our music is] just everywhere across the board and fun,” said singer Billy Chadwick. “We try to have a lot of fun up [on stage].”
BEAT Programming Chair Sydney Fisher discovered Cartoon Chadwicks at her work. The band’s performance was increasingly playful and engaging, and complemented the comfortable atmosphere of the evening.
“To have people come out to just sit on the lawn and hang out, I think that’s pretty important,” said band member Eric Feliciano. “People should do that every once in a while.
During his band’s set, Chadwick encouraged the audience to sing along and led the band to perform their “last song” for 20 minutes.
“Joke’s on you guys,” said band member Ivan Castro regarding their last song. “We just like to see where that one can go, and we like for it to be an organic [performance]. We like to interact with the crowd. It’s more fun that way and feels more real.”
Fourth-year psychology student Oliver Cruz’s favorite part of the evening was being called on stage by Chadwick to blow bubbles during their performance.
“I was just blowing bubbles on the lawn when the singer called me on stage,” said Cruz. “It was cool. I wasn’t nervous. I was just enjoying the music. I like their music. It’s fun and not boring.”
The second performance was by Good Rocky’s Revolver, a band consisting of CPP students and alumni.
“We’ve played at CPP a couple times before,” said singer Dan Gee, a CPP music industries studies alumnus. “Hana Kim really likes us, and we like [performing for CPP].”
The band names Tame Impala, Portugal The Man and The Black Keys as influences. Originally a duo, the band became a four-piece when Gee and drummer Evan Achen used keyboardist Michael Webb’s house to record music.
“They recorded a single at my house because my roommate had a recording studio,” said Webb, an eighth-year communication student. “They asked me to be their keyboardist, but I said no. Later, I bought a new keyboard, and I wanted to play with someone, so I ended up accepting. It’s been about two years now that we’ve been a four-piece.”
Dancing during Good Rocky Revolver’s set were Megan Goldsby, a fifth-year food science student, and Amber Hauss, a sixth-year liberal studies student.
“We came to support our friends in Good Rocky’s Revolver,” said Hauss. “They’re from Cal Poly.No one else was dancing, only us. We wanted to have fun.”
Levitation Room and Summer Twins soon followed, ending the night with a bang.
The energy at Rock the Commons was continuously lively and enjoyable. Many of the performances were memorable, and the event proved to be a great mid-quarter break.
Karina Ultreras / The Poly Post
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