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In hall or basement, Guitar Club show must go on

April 11th, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life

Story and photos by Cassidee Cline

LOGAN—Local musicians rocked a house in Logan despite difficulties in venue scheduling and a brief appearance by the police. The USU Guitar Club put on the concert allowing members and non-members to show their musical skills.

“It turned out real well considering that we switched venues at the last minute,” club co-president Erin “Moose” Gumusio said. The concert was supposed to take place in the Lundstrom Student Center on campus, but a “scheduling mishap” forced the switch to a small house basement. Gumisio said a policeman showing up to give ticket warnings for illegal parking didn’t dampen the night.

After learning about the venue change, 50 or so people carrying toothbrushes and toothpaste for admission into the concert and armed with guitars crowded into the small room. People sat, stood and overflowed into the hallway to listen to local musicians play their original pieces.

“Everyone writes a song no one has heard before,” co-president James Rasmussen said. “They play it as a debut for this concert.”

As for the toothpaste and toothbrushes, he said the club teamed up with Charity Anywhere Foundation to help promote dental hygiene. The toothpaste and toothbrushes were the crowd’s way in.

Colleen Darley, a guitar education major at USU, played a song about a Christmas surfing adventure with one of her friends that brought them close. “All the songs that I write have to do with some experience in my life with a person or other people’s experiences,” Darley said.

Darley said it was the first time she has played that song in front of a crowd. “It’s fun for everyone to get out and it’s good to mingle and meet people as well,” she said.

Ryan Larsen and Greg Spjute, members of the band Envy of the Town, played a few pieces to please the crowd. They said playing in a band is mostly fun, but trying to get things really rolling is hard without funds.

“No mun, no fun,” they said in unison. But these concert give them a chance to perform.

The club isn’t just for guitarists, Rasmussen said. It’s mostly guitars, he said, but any instrument is welcome. The basement concert included a guitarist accompanied by cello, and another musicians brought in a drum called a Djembe.

Rasmussen said this is the second free-for-all concert. Mostly, he said, they do cover concerts in which they pick a band or artist, and musicians recreate the band’s songs.

“People choose whatever song they want to play, register on the Facebook event and we cover all the songs and try to make the songs our own,” Rasmussen said. “It’s an all-new take on the artist.”

Last month was Weezer, he said.

Moose said the next cover concert will be Death Cab for Cutie on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center auditorium. He’ll be double-checking the reservation beforehand.



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