Rock ‘N’ Roll
Music has always been at the core of the human race, and concerts bring people together to celebrate that. Students at CCHS are no different than any other generation of high school students, and they go to their fair share of musical gatherings.
One of the most popular types of concerts in the world today is music festivals, such as Tomorrowland, Electric Forest, and Coachella. These upbeat shows typically consist of electric music, light shows, and a whole lot of new-age hippies. “I love seeing people be happy,” junior Katelyn Rang said, “and getting down to some funky beats.” Rang has been to shows by groups such as Big Gigantic and Pretty Lights, both EDM bands.
“I’ve been to Demi Lovato and David Archuleta,” sophomore Brianna Collazo said. “I really thought he was hot stuff, but now who knows where he is.”
Another common sort of concert are tribute bands. Ranging from Hairball, a group that performs hit songs from generations past, to Pink Floyd laser sets, talented people are reenacting the greatest bands of all time, and CCHS students are digging it.
“Man, the last concert I went to was an 80’s tribute concert. People were going nuts over it,” senior Elisha Schafer said. “You could barely see past all the hair.”
“I recently went to see The Cure,” Spanish Teacher Renee Fritzen said. “They’re one of the best bands of all time; you should really look them up.”
“My favorite concert was The Beach Boys in the seventies,” History Teacher Mitch Holst said. “Actually, maybe Barry Manilow. I’m not ashamed to say I love Barry Manilow.”
Many artists even perform at local churches. “The last show I went to was a Plumb Concert at a church in town,” junior Codi Southard said. “I’ve always really loved her songs, even when she was at Hills Alive.” Other concerts held at churches around town recently have been Matthew West, David June, and Rhett Walker.
Not all musical experiences, however, are as desirable as others. “Things have changed so much,” Fritzen said. “Kids don’t get excited about a single band anymore, or wait for their next album to come out. They love one-hit wonders. Technology killed music. I’m actually writing a book on it.”
“My first concert was One Direction,” sophomore Jordan Martin said. “I mean, I guess it was fun, but One Direction is really bad.”
From Wayne Newton to Lil Wayne, music draws people together. So find a band, find some friends, and get your groove on.