CAP board concert kicks off spring with ‘Countrified’ band

By Katie Clark
May 3, 2007

Samantha Randol

About 150 of the Cabrini community and residents from the area all came together for an enjoyable concert hosted by our very own Campus Activities and Programming Board. The concert was held Friday, April 20 in the Dixon center. It starred Emerson Drive and featured Pie Boys Flat and Ed Garage.

The light sticks, provided by CAP board were glowing while the first band came onto the stage. Ed Garage got the crowd warmed up with their easy-sounding music. The band plays music by Sublime and some other well-known artists.

The next band to take the stage was Pie Boys Flat. The band consists of three young guys who play three simple instruments, the guitar, the bass and the bongos. The crowd got into their music pretty fast with the band’s fun sound. Pie Boys Flat had the sound of a mix of Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and a little bit of country vibe.

“In my opinion, Pie Boys Flat stole the show. They were three guys with three simple instruments with a great sound and knew how to put on a good show,” Lauren Grassi, a sophomore social work major, said.

Pie Boys Flat continued playing for about an hour before the main show came out. The crowd got pumped during the wait for the arrival of the main band. During intermissions, CAP board members threw out free t-shirts to the crowd. For those who were not lucky enough to catch one, there were venues set up selling t-shirts, CDs and other band favors. Also there were venues with pretzels, candy and beverages.

The crowd was rowdy while waiting for Emerson Drive. Excitement was in the air.

“I saw Emerson Drive on CMT and couldn’t wait to see them in concert, ironically I found Cabrini was holding this concert,” Mr. Murphy, a resident from Ridley Park, said.

Finally after Emerson Drive’s introduction, the six members of the band took the spot light. Unlike Pie Boys Flat, they had a big band with more complex instruments like the piano and fiddle player. The singer did not play an instrument but was imitating and rocking out with his fellow band members. They performed the songs of their newest album, “Countrified.”

“They are such great performers! Thanks Cabrini for holding this wonderful $5 concert,” Ms. Cunningham, another resident from Ridley Park, who accompanied Mr. Murphy on Friday night, said.

All together the night was a complete success for the CAP board’s event. Members of the CAP board were proud of the way everything turned out.

“A lot of people came out and enjoyed a bunch of different music that everyone could get into; I was expecting just country but got so much more,” a member of CAP board, Shannon Santangelo, a second year finance and math major, said.

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