Our Concert Series members have been missing the live concert scene these past few months and we are sure you have too. However, we are excited to announce that on Friday, October 30th, we will be hosting our first live concert of the semester!! This fun Fall Fest event will feature all your favorite student artists from Hope College from 3-7pm in front of the Campus Ministries building. We can’t wait to see you there!

In preparation for this concert, our fearless co-director, Gina, and Nate, one of our core members share their favorite live concert memories below. Reminisce with us and get excited for some live music!

Nate and The Gaslight Anthem

When I think about what concerts have meant to me, it connects me with what music as a whole has connected me with. One of the things that I love about music is the power we have to share it with each other, and concerts are the same way.

When I was a kid, one of the ways in which I would discover new music is through my dad. He would always play music around the house or in the car, and much of what I heard went on to shape my current taste. One of the bands he introduced me to is The Gaslight Anthem, and they became a very frequent sound in our house. Soon enough, this band even became a fixture in my extended family, as my uncle and cousin were introduced to them.

In 2018, we got to see them play in Toronto. The show had so much energy, and by the end I had no voice. It was by far the best show I have ever seen, but what made it so special was the fact that I was there with my dad, uncle, and cousin. Being able to share the experience with the ones I love made it a lasting experience, and I still remember to this day how I felt walking away. I think that everyone should try to experience this at least once in their life, as the memories I made at that show will last forever. 

Gina and Sam Smith

I don’t know if it’s the crowd screaming, the fact that my voice is gone the next day, or the thrill of singing your favorite songs with the ones who actually wrote it! Either way, concerts make people feel alive, and personally, I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve gone to all types of concerts whether it be small and intimate or a summer festival! I think my favorite concert memory though would be when I was 14 and I went to Lollapalooza for the first time. I was OBSESSED with Sam Smith at the time and had already gone to see him twice in concert. But twice just wasn’t enough for little old me and I somehow convinced my parents to let me go see him at Lolla. I was psyched!

It was at that concert where I learned to love the culture of a music festival and how music makes people feel. My sister and I were squished in a crowd of thousands, waiting to see Sam Smith. People from all over the country were brought together in this one field waiting to lose our voices from screaming and singing too loud together. People were happy, people were smiling, and everyone was content in that moment.

At concerts like these you can’t help but feel young. Not in a bad way, but in the best way. Sam Smith sounded the best he ever had. It was the music, it was the stars above my head, it was the flashing lights, and the thrill of being young! I fell in love with how music made people feel and continued to chase that feeling by exploring more and more artists and going to more and more types of concerts.

And, as always…

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