Beatlemore Skidmania 2018: A Preview
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Beatlemore is put on through the help of student volunteers whose main job is behind the scenes, scheduling and marketing. One of these students is Ian McDowall ’20, who noted how “everyone has a fantastic performance coming their way, filled with a diverse array of musical acts, excellent repertoire, and student-faculty collaboration.”
This year’s show will feature 14 acts, with some being student-formed bands, and others being Skidmore’s own acapella groups. All acts will perform their take on a song from the iconic White Album — which features an array of styles, but will still keep the legendary Beatles’ flair.
Ted Randell ’19, president of The Bandersnatchers, will be experiencing his first and last Beatlemore, seeing as he joined the group his spring semester of sophomore year before traveling abroad the following semester. He noted how the show is “bound to be an electric atmosphere and the acts are all working hard to put together a great show, true to its tradition.”
“The concert will feel quite nostalgic for many, as we celebrate an iconic album that came out of an equally iconic year, but it will also be very high energy and exciting,” McDowall said.
Almost 50 years ago, the 1968 album came out during a time when both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were killed, when the Vietnam war was prevalent, when civil rights came alive, and when love and peace became even more predominant in music.
The history behind this album, alongside each group’s passion for performing, promises a heartfelt show, transcending time to when the album first debuted. As Randall explained, from the “reimagining of classic songs to the educational and marketing component Beatlemore brings together students and the community in a way that perfectly speaks towards Skidmore’s collaborative and creative spirit.”
Tickets are $5 for students and can be purchased beforehand online or at the door. All proceeds made will go to the charity Skidmore Cares.