by Kandace Kohr
This time of year everyone on campus is probably ready for the snow to melt, the landscape to bring back its lively colors and the winter weather to give way to spring's warmth. While the weather keeps students indoors for now, Dickinson College will offer a wide range of outdoor musical events throughout the spring. Over the next few months, a slew of solo performers and bands—including one that features two Dickinson alums—will play free outdoor shows at The Mermaid Society Trellis.
Check out the lineup, and learn more from reviewers of the artists:
Feb. 16, 8 p.m. (to be held in the Allison Community Room due to cold weather)
Sidney Gish ("As a solo artist, Gish is versatile enough to serve as her own backing band. Over the album's [No Dogs Allowed, 2017] 13 tracks, she uses electric guitar, melodica, MIDI instruments and assorted percussion to evoke a one-woman show of clever melodies, inventive hooks and borderline-jazz guitar licks."—Pitchfork)
March 1, 5:30 p.m.
Alice Kristiansen ("As it turns out, Ashton Kutcher was seeking her out and began posting about her music on social media. Swiftly going viral, Alice's music matches a slight lo-fi feel to fractured R&B, all delivered in a perfect pop package."—Clash)
March 22, 5 p.m.
SHAED ("The band performed before a raucous crowd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, presenting their slick and sick blend of alt-pop heft and jaunty beats. SHAED's lead Chelsea Lee's voice is reedy and flies through the air like half a dozen lawn darts zeroed-in on their target."—Pop Dust)
April 5, 8 p.m.
Hardwork Movement, featuring Dwight Dunston ’10 and Jeremy Keys ’11 ("The bands’ instrumentation feeds, with compositions progressing and taking new shape as each rhymer assumes the mic, saving the project from potential monotony—though the dazzling 'Spun' puts a live spin on the traditional breakbeat/crisp drum beat."—Impose Magazine)
April 19, 5 p.m.
Danny Fisher, with possible student performers
May 3, 5 p.m.
Phony Ppl ("Phony Ppl are ready for the world with mo’za-ik. The band’s first album to come out as a physical release; it is a commercially assured flow of progressive soul and art-rock reach, from the seductive hip-hop of 'Before You Get a Boyfriend' to 'Think Your Mind,' which has the home-demo feel of early-seventies Paul McCartney. 'Move Her Mind' suggests Stevie Wonder running a Steely Dan session; 'Way Too Far' sounds like Radiohead conspiring with the rhythm-box-fixated Sly Stone of There’s a Riot Goin’ On"—Rolling Stone)
Published February 1, 2019