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Making it Happen: Krannert’s Opening Night

Written by Alyssa Pappas

While I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the amazing performances at the Opening Night of the Krannert Center of Performing Arts, none of it would have been possible without the people who made it happen.

Photo By A.Pappas

Photo by A.Pappas


First of all, this jazz band made this crowd happen. They brought all of these people together to experience their music. That is amazing to me.

It was definitely the highlight of my night.  I absolutely love jazz! Getting to see it live was a great experience!


Yet, this would not have been possible without other people who were actually not in the band.

These people are the production crew and staff. Maybe it is because I work at a job in which I help with production as well, but I really did not want their work to go unnoticed.

Photo by A.Pappas


For example, there was this man in the room in which a jazz band was.  This man worked on the levels of the different instruments and really supported the band.

So, seeing him aid the band that I loved listening to was really interesting!


Photo by A.Pappas


Other people who also had a huge impact on the night, was those who helped with the children crafting center.

My experience with them was extremely positive. They were super helpful and kind to everyone who wanted to craft.



Photo by A.Pappas


All of the work, all of the behind the scenes people, and all of the acts/musicians, made this all happen. They all brought a huge group of people to experience a night filled with music and art.

So, a huge thank you to all of those who contributed to making the night happen and making this experience one I will never forget.


Viva La vida: Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration

50 years of passion and love for music, for art, for life gathers in one night.

written by Zhenbang Wu

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

Viva la Vida, Long Live Life. If you ask me to summarize the Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration, that’s exactly the word that crashes into my mind. During the past 50 years, people came to Krannert to enjoy art. And more importantly, their passion for music, for art, for life has already become part of the art. Continue reading

A night of clashing music

Written by Syed Ali

The Krannert Opening Night Party at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts was a fun, loud, and joyful experience. With interchanging colors and music at every corner, it was a rather unique experience for me.

I enjoyed the colorful atmosphere and the bands/music the most at the party. The singers and musicians were mostly new to me but I ended up loving their music. In the beginning, it was the New Orleans Jazz Machine that began jazzing things up in the studio theatre. Following them was Ranky Tanky and the spontaneous Mucca Pazza.

The smooth jazz was nice to listen to, especially after the stressful first weeks of college. While I’m not generally a big fan of jazz, the Jazz Machine crew really made the night dance-worthy. At some point, I saw people dancing away to the right of the studio; the music was light but moving, and I was excited to stick around.

Ranky tanky was another music group that really brightened the mains stage of the center. The loud trumpet, the singing, and the guitar made the experience really stand out. I noticed (rather late of me) that the lights constantly changed from one color to another. It made things pop out, complimenting the music nicely. The sounds of people laughing and dancing only added to the already lively atmosphere.

After the performances of Ranky Tanky came the band Baracutanga. Their music brought South American rhythms onto the stage and made a seamless transition to a different atmosphere. I really enjoyed the distinct singing and the fun collaboration the band had to bring the music alive.

Afterwards, I got to enjoy a late night band performance by AJ Ghent. His music really brought things together. With his funk/blues style music and expert guitar playing, it was a great way to end the night.

Ranky Tanky, my favorite music group from the night 

Seven-piece band Baracutanga

Pop-Up performance by Mucca Pazza

AJ Ghent – the party just started






Photos by Syed Ali