Cabrini welcomes back Beau Bristow

By Paul Skow
September 17, 2009

“It’s almost like James Taylor meets Jimmy Eat World, who bakes John Mayer a Cake, which he throws at his Sister Hazel, who listened to too much Garth Brooks growing up, and caught The Normals in 11th grade so she climbed the Tower of Power to see the Vertical Horizon which U2 can see for only $19.95 (plus shipping and handling).” So begins the comically auto biographical “sounds like” portion of Beau Bristow’s Myspace Music page.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Cabrini hosted its involvement fair which featured many activities aimed at motivating underclass students to participate in school activities. One of the most notable inclusions to the event was singer songwriter Beau Bristow, a McCalla, Alabama native and Nashville transplant who is no stranger to Cabrini College.

The Campus Activities and Programming (CAP) Board first took notice of Bristow when they witnessed him perform at a National Association of Campus Activities conference. They enjoyed his guitar and vocal skills and invited him to play in the fall semester of last year for an event on the commons.

CAP Board found Bristow to be a pleasure to work with and he quickly generated popularity among students, so they invited him back to play the involvement fair. Beau played, with positive feedback, playing a primarily acoustic solo set, which featured a mix of covers and original songs. Freshmen and sophomores who attended the involvement fair seemed to especially enjoy the free concert.

Senior Caitlin Friel, communication major, considered a cover of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars to be one of the set’s highlights. Senior political science major Jenn Bollinger attested that Beau has “songs that make you think” and that “none of the songs sounded the same or like a song you would hear on the radio.”

Interestingly, some of Bristow’s songs had a coincidental social justice tone (fitting right into Cabrini’s current social justice initiatives), including one song that specifically called out sex trafficking and child abuse.

Cabrini is not the only college on Bristow’s agenda. He is currently undertaking a tour made up completely of stops at colleges all over the country including Cedar Crest College, Elizabethtown College and Montana State University, which continues until April 2010. His newest album is entitled “Standing. Still.” and can be found at most music retailers.

Beau Bristow will always be welcome back to play to another crowd of Cabrini Cavaliers.

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