student artists make noise – Castleton Spartan
Bouncing bass hits, orange strings on pegs, the lingering smell of booze and green, red arrows on the floor, a “Live Music” sign, and seven industrial-size trash cans are what greeted them. to the very first, Event Genesis.
It doesn’t seem like much, but once attendees turned that corner of Main Street, they were confronted with a narrow walkway suspended from tree branches that led them to a music-infested backyard with a 8-by-12- full house. foot stage constructed from recycled pallets, plywood, a tree branch for a railing and a colorful striped rug as a base.
“The fact that we climbed this stage with our friends in three days is crazy,” said Adam Osha of the Pleasant Boys.
And as if that weren’t enough, flashing strobe lights, a tapestry of mushrooms for extra sparkle, an eager crowd and musical guests on their toes just waiting to perform were added to the mix.
Ro$e Gold, Pleasant Boys, Obi The Voicegod accompanied by Hunter Smith on bass and tyler serrani, in that order, were the artists who energized the crowd throughout the young evening.
Each group of performers had the opportunity to perform for 20 minutes and each kept the crowd excited for the duration resulting in a strong turnout of almost 200 children dancing, ‘moving’ and singing from 7-9pm .
“I felt on top of the world! They were my people, my peers and now new fans,” Ro$e Gold said.
As the sunlight quickly drained from the eyes of the crowd, the flow of energy matched the number of people trudging through.
“It was definitely one of those ‘you had to be their moments. The atmosphere was incomparable. Everyone came out to have a great time and show their love to the wonderful people who put on the event,” Sky Twigg said.
Once the moonlight shone and the stars went out, the energy is what everyone felt that night – a surge of live music energy.
And with the number of heads and hands going up and down to the beat of the tunes, it really was a nice scene to see.
“It was the most memorable night of my Castleton experience, maybe even my life, I can’t wait to do it again. And thank you to the universe for bringing one of the most unique energies I have ever had. ever felt,” said Will Buck of the Pleasant Boys.
Bursts of pockets in the crowd opened up from time to time, and every 30 seconds someone new would jump in the center to show off their groove. No one cared how they danced, they just wanted to see friends rocking and going wild.
“It was a judgment-free zone where I was able to live my best life for a few hours.
and honestly, Event Genesis has been the most fun I’ve had all year at Castleton,” said freshman Kenzie Jollie.
At one point during the show, the Pleasant Boys – consisting of Buck and fellow senior Adam Osha – sought to lead the crowd.
“Turn on your phone please, turn on your phone,” Buck said from the stage. The crowd listened and the sky began to sparkle. You could see the extreme happiness brought to the faces of the Pleasant Boys.
It was their very first live performance, but the crowd hollered and screamed as if it would be their last.
Arms waving, legs moving and voices in style made the evening unique and special, attendees said.
“It was nice to see live music because it’s a lot more fun than just playing rap music released on a record label. Rappers not only had to be good rappers, but also MCs. The performers all did a great job of interacting with the crowd and getting people involved. You don’t get the same effect playing music from an Apple Music playlist,” said freshman Sam Steinman.
Ro$e Gold set the stage high, Pleasant Boys kicked the shit out of the crowd, Obi The Voicegod made everyone feel like they were clubbing with his deep voice, and serrani was the perfect artist for end a perfect night.
“I think Castleton really needed it as much as we did,” Smith said.
This event was heavily influenced by the buzz around freshman tyler serrani, whose influence has skyrocketed recently. A storm of supporters voted for Serrani in a social media contest hosted by Vermont native and now New York-based videographer Kelly Butts-Spirito. Serrani had the opportunity of a lifetime: performing at the Higher Ground for the sold-out Love, Kelly concert in Burlington, Vermont.
So why not bring him to Castleton?
“This event was the brainchild of three guys who got bored in class and organized everything in less than a week. As you can probably tell, it was an absolute hit. Everyone should expect more City of Event Genesis Castleton shows in the future. If you missed it on Saturday, make sure you’re there for the next one,” Serrani said.
As the show began to slowly wind down, a wave of the crowd invaded the stage. It was hard to believe the homemade contraption would stand a chance, but it held.
“Amazing people, amazing music and amazing location. It really is a base for something even bigger,” said Ryan Garrow, freshman and founder of clothing brand Sacred Sins.
Organizers say the Genesis event is about bringing people together, bringing the college life community together, AND BRINGING LIVE MUSIC BACK TO THE AREA!
“Everything has a start, but I never thought local artists in Castleton… would have a start like this,” Obi told The Voicegod.
Hence the name, Genesis, organizers said.