On October 17, a Halloween-themed performance took place at the entertainment space maintained by Rowan’s 2022 Battle of the Bands winner, Earth on Fire. Rowan Alternative Music, a student government-licensed club, hosted the event, and Glassboro’s AudioSpace, a concert hall focused on hosting bands, provided the venue space.
Alternative music by Rowan (RALT) The goal is to support the local music scene in Rowan as well as foster a community where individuals can share, discuss and simply enjoy music. One of the club’s most anticipated events is its annual Halloween party.
“Definitely the most exciting gigs of the year. Everyone can dress up and wear whatever they want…the band members come dressed – it’s fantastic – wonderful energy,” the chairman said. by RALT, Liam Devenny.
While this was RALT’s fourth time organizing the Halloween party, it was the first time they had worked on this occasion with AudioSpace.
“I love giving opportunities to other bands… We have a lot of great artists playing tonight and every show is getting more fun to perform, but also stressful to perform, but I love it,” Eddie said. Masterson, vocalist and guitarist of Earth on Fire. and co-owner of Audio Space.
Almost all of the students who turned up for the occasion were dressed in quirky costumes, from angels to demons to pirates. A man showed up dressed as a plague doctor, and another arrived carrying an old retro TV on his head.
Surely there were many diverse and interesting costumes to see, some of which were scary, alluring, and humorous to observe. Most importantly, everyone – costumed or not – came out to see some of their favorite local musicians perform.
Several New Jersey-based artists were the event’s biggest draw. Rowan’s former student and multi-instrumentalist producer, Maximus DiPierro, more commonly known as Max Volanteopened the event.
The young musician has composed a number of wildly avant-garde and genre-defining tracks that draw on all of his varied talents, including drums, guitar and piano. Volante performed at the event to a captivated audience.
Surprise musical guest and distinguished alumnus of Rowan, Saunders Antknown for his hit song “yellow hearts”, rejoins Volante later. Towards the end of his performance, Saunders and Volante gave a joint performance, with Devenny referring to Saunders as a “Legend Rowan”.
“I’m thrilled to be back here to experience the stage again and this time to be on stage a bit,” Saunders said before his performance.
A named singer and songwriter Kiara Rose, who also dressed in an incredible Stephen King “Carrie” costume, played the second act of the evening. Along with beautiful songs, her distinctive and brilliant voice was unlike any other.
The night ended quite late, which was fitting for Halloweekend, and with that RALT hid another successful Halloween show under their belt.
“My goal as president has been to bring more diverse bills to Rowan because the majority of bills are indie, shoegaze, dream pop,” Devenny said. “There are so many different musicians I’ve met through the music industry program and I know a lot of rappers who are incredibly talented…so I want to bring hip hop here as well.”
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