On Nov. 2, WYBF “The Burn” hosted a concert in Jazzman’s featuring The Glad Version with solo artist Billy Roach. Jillian Smith, sophomore English and communications major and WYBF Promotions director, was in charge of the event.
“I messaged The Glad Version on MySpace on a whim and they got back to me right away and said they could be here Nov. 2. I was estatic!” Smith said.
As the WYBF staff finished setting up the stage, both Roach and the band mingled with the audience and took pictures with fans. Roach, a native of Pennsylvania, took the stage first and stunned the audience with an acoustic guitar performance with his song “How the West Was Won.”
After a round of applause, he thanked an audience of about 20 people and continued with other songs including “Sleepwalking” and “I Am.” His performance prompted a standing ovation and many members of the audience picked up a copy of his CD on the way out.
The Glad Version, an indie rock band, took the stage shortly after Roach’s performance. Originally from Minnesota, the band arrived at Cabrini from a performance in Ohio. Despite some technical difficulties at the beginning of the performance, the band delivered an amazing show.
The coffee shop atmosphere allowed a small but enthusiastic audience to relax after a long day of classes. Their songs included selections such as “1980,” “North Star,” and “Beautiful Skeleton.” Like Roach, the band sold their CDs, “Smile Pretty, Make Nice” and “Lights out North Star,” at the end of their performance, and both gave out their Myspace addresses where more of their music could be found.
“It was an intimate setting and went better than I ever imagined! WYBF plans to bring both performances back sometime in the near future,” Smith said.