Sitting on top of chairs, couches, and one another, students packed into the Gizmo last Saturday in order to see student-organized bands perform hip-hop, punk, and indie-pop music. The shows were part of a benefit, Cure-a-Palooza, co-sponsored by Pi Beta Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon’s TKE Pink party to raise money for breast cancer.
“It was a very diverse show,” said junior Mackenzi Harmon, a member of Pi Phi. “I thought that everyone did a very good job.”
Five different bands performed for three-and-a-half hours, including HSS, The Days, The Danny Fisher-Bruns Carpentry Guild, The Ghosts of Vaudeville, and Akiba Bradford. Each band was made up of students, several of whom go to Knox. The event was originally planned to be outside, but due to the weather it was moved to the Gizmo.
“The place was pretty packed,” said junior Laurie Nowak. “People had fun. They were really into it.”
Nowak said at times people were bobbing their head and even dancing, despite the crowded atmosphere.
“I thought that the music was pretty good,” said sophomore Caitlin Tegenfeldt. “It was better than I expected.”
Tegenfeldt was called up to the front of the audience because one of the bands had a song about a girl named “Caitlin” and they sung it to her.
“It was a little bit awkward, but it was fun,” said Tegenfeldt.
The event raised $320 in donations from the event and tabling the week before as well as selling raffle tickets. The money will go to the Avon Fund for Breast Cancer Foundation.
“We had a great turn-out,” said Harmon. “The bands were all enthusiastic about playing.”
This is the second year Pi Phi has done Cure-a-Palooza and they hope to make it an annual event. Next year they hope to hold it outside, have more bands, and include more organizations in this event.
“We got a lot of good bands,” said Nowak. “There’s a lot of musical talent at Knox.”