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Written by: Benjamin Tan

Crowd getting pumped up during the FYG U Music Film Festival

This post is the make-up event for the Jennifer Monson Dance on the 3 Oct 2019.

I attended the FYG U Music Film Festival and the one huge surprising thing is that all the tickets were free! No charges at all. I immediately signed up for the festival and it was really an eye-opener for me.

Totally free of charge ticket to the festival.

When I entered the festival at about 9:00pm and walked closer to the main stage I could feel the bass resounding from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. It was as though the music was in me.

As I approached the crowd, hands were in the air moving in syncopation to the beat, people were bouncing up and down to the beat, literally, everyone was grooving to the beat. Personally, I do not dance well but seeing everyone having such a good time, the music in me just took over and I myself started jumping to the beat too.

Tripple Red engaging the audience to move their hands left to right.

One huge eye-opener was when Tripple Redd sang a certain song, about 5 Americans opened up a huge circle in the middle and you would not believe what happen next…

It was a DANCE OFF!

Everyone dancing on the dance floor regardless of race, size or gender.

What I love about it, was that anyone could go to the middle and dance despite their race, size or gender. Everyone was just cheering for one another and having a good time.

Apart from the audience, the rapper, Tripple Redd was really spontaneous and engaging to the crowd. He will ask the crowd to echo after him. It will something like that:


Tripple Red: TRIPPLE!!!


Tripple Red: TRIPPLE!!!


He also got everyone to sing acapella to his songs and just hearing the crescendo and echo of the crowd was really spectacular. It gives such a chemistry between the crowd itself and Tripple Red too.

The genre of music was hip-hop and it was really catered to the crowd as everyone was familiar to the song and singing along to it. Personally, I do not listen to hip-hop but after the festival, I now appreciate it more.

The set up for the stage was marvelous, the sound system was so loud but so clear. The lights used were vibrant colors such as bright red, light blue, yellow and light green. The colors create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere. Furthermore, there was the smoke machine that was used very timely which were at the end of the song or to hype up the crowd.

Overall, it was a real eye-opener for me to attend a music festival and in particular to the music genre of hip-hop.

First Night at Krannert

An introductory experience to UIUC’s beloved performing arts center via the Ellnora Festival.

Extra Credit by Allison Spillane

A band setup for the exciting Ellnora Festival

I was very excited to be invited by my FAA 110 professors to this event. To get a lay of such a wonderful performance venue brimming with passion is always a fun experience. The turnout for the opening of the Guitar Fest truly shows how many people out there truly support the arts!

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I Have a Side Eye with “Side Eye”đź‘€

Written by Bria Thurman

I lost the ticket maybe 20 minutes after receiving it from Dr.Collins.

My first live musical performance……was……


September 6th, 2019 – my 18th birthday- I went to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to watch Pat Metheny Side-Eye featuring James Francies and Marcus Gilmore. I have never been very particularly fond of Jazz music. I do have a soft spot for the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong though. On a slow Saturday morning, there is a good chance I am listening to them or Nina Simone whose music has been extremely impactful to my life. Their music has an important place in my heart and in my growth as a musician. On this particular evening, I did not feel any impact, I thought Metheny’s performance was okay. I went in expecting something interesting and new and I left with… well…. a side-eye. I just expected more and wanted more. I feel like all of the songs he played did not leave me satisfied as I feel music is suppose to. The performance was not really a performance and he did not really engage the audience. I was not expecting him to sing or to have rave-like flashing lights. I expected a professional performance and I feel it was more professional than performance.

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Oprea With a Twist

By: Darnisha Dunning

The Rape of Lucretia played at the Tryon Festival Theatre the other night at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

I think the rape of Lucretia was interesting. I think it was interesting to see how such a tragic story through music. All songs have a hidden meaning behind them in to see the meaning, and the story behind it adds value to the story. It adds something thing because it was visible to the audience when did not have to listen or see a few times to understand the basic concept of the piece. For me, the display screen was helpful and distracting. It was helpful because at times I did not understand the lyrics/message of the song. It was beneficial to look up to read the lines to get a better understanding of what the actors were trying to exhibit to the audience. It was distracting because I was trying to watch the performance and trying to understand the words above my head. Looking up took my eyes off the performance.

Although the story was written years ago, it is still prevlent in today’s society. People still get raped or sexually assault, and it degrades the victim’s happiness, and they have the feeling of committing suicide. Somethings are unbearable to live with because one can relive that moment over and over again in their heads. Due to the loss of innocence and happiness, one can slowly develop symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The one thing I like most about this play is the message. From my understanding, the messages were betrayal from a friend/ prince.

Cassidy Ragland Reflection 1: Meditation and International Festivals

Coming into class I was very nervous. I felt like I didn’t have as much experience as everyone else and that I was going to fail. Thankfully, after the second class I started feeling more hopeful. I have really found a passion for broadcast that I wasn’t finding with print journalism. I consider myself a creative person and shooting video gives me a lot of satisfaction. I like that I have artistic say in what I shoot and edit which has given me a lot of confidence. Dr. Collins has really taken the time to talk through everything and I really appreciated it. I feel like I’m getting better every time I shoot and write and it’s a really awesome feeling.

Video Essay

For my video essay I decided to shoot a Mindfulness and Meditation Club meeting at the KU Union. I filmed almost the whole hour and felt pretty good about my shots, until Dr. Collins said in class the next day we weren’t allowed to use pans or zooms. That took out quite a few of the shots that I had, but luckily I had enough to make the run time. Feedback that I got was that I didn’t have any tight shots and that some of my shots were shakey. I had never used Premiere before, so that was overwhelming at first but I got the hang of it.



For my Vo and VoSotVo I felt a lot more prepared and confident. My plan A was to film the Tyler the Creator concert, however, that failed miserably. So I went with my plan B which was to film the International Jayhawk Festival. I got some great, vibrant shots that I was really happy with. I took the criticism about my tight shots and I made sure to incorporate those. I loved my nat sound and my sound bite, so I was really disappointed when it didn’t work on the projector in class. It worked on my laptop so I had no idea that would happen. I felt really good about my delivery and that my script was better than it was last week.




Community of the Beat

For one weekend, a diverse community came together in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate West African culture at the Midwest Mandeng. The festival of drum and dance involves three days of demonstrations, workshops, shopping and partying.

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

Master artists are flown in to perform and teach classes. Most of them teach techniques from Mali and Guinea. 

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Fall Festival parades through southern Illinois community

JC Fall Festival 2013

Johnson County Fall Festival 2013 (Courtesy of The Vienna Times)

For Johnson County in southern Illinois, the first week of October is more than just the start of a new month. It’s the beginning of the area’s biggest fall celebration: the Fall Festival.

This year, despite cold temperatures and blistery winds, the festival’s main attraction, the parade, went off without a hitch and was one of the best in recent years according to many locals.

It seems that bad weather is becoming the calling card of the parade, as this is not the first year mother nature has not complied.

To see coverage of the parade click here.