Providing student members with more frequent opportunities to facilitate performances was the goal of the Lamplight Series, introduced by the Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment (SCOPE) during the 2015-16 academic year. The series consisted of 11 bi-weekly, free, intimate musical performances by lamplight in the IMU Hawkeye Room. Local and regional talent were featured, ranging from The Hawkapellas, a UI all-female a capella group, to Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, a country music ensemble from Minnesota.
Through lighting and music, the series created a unique atmosphere in the Hawkeye Room, a student lounge that re-opened after the flood of 2008 in June, 2015. The Java House, also located on the IMU ground floor, provided coffee and hot chocolate to students during the shows.
For SCOPE members, the series provided the opportunity to work with smaller, local acts, while giving those artists the chance to have increased exposure to new audiences.
Sydney Linden, SCOPE's talent recruiter, enjoyed booking performers from around the area. "I liked the idea of giving small, local bands a chance to share their music with a crowd in such an intimate setting," she said.
The Lamplight Series speaks to one of SCOPE's main goals, to "serve the community by creating an engaging, live music experience, while providing a learning opportunity for students interested in the music industry." The group plans to continue this series with monthly shows throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
Photo courtesy of Tessa Solomon