As the October First Thursday festival approaches, I’ve taken a minute to reflect on the role of live music during these uncertain times. Though at times I miss the traditional live concert experience, events like the First Thursday festival have made me appreciate the creative and collaborative experiences born out of these parameters.
Normally, Tiny Dorm Concerts IU is filmed in the residence halls where we can squeeze our crew into incredibly small spaces. I was skeptical at first about transitioning to outdoor venues: Would we lose the appeal we grew our platform on? Would we still be able to create that intimate experience for the viewer? However, once we were out in the IU Arboretum for this year’s September First Thursday festival, it all started to fall into place. Seeing our crew arrive, eager to adorn the stage with our signature Tiny Dorm decor, I knew this was going to be a great way to engage both our crew and our audience. We were incredibly excited to be partnering with the Arts & Humanities Council for a special Tiny Dorm stage, as we have tabled at the festival in years past. Some of our most loyal members discovered us on First Thursdays!
My favorite part of the September First Thursday festival was looking out from the Tiny Dorm Concerts stage and seeing the audience picnicking, enjoying the music, and soaking in the sun! This month will be packed with another round of talented student groups. From an EDM duo to a funky band—we’ll be supplying tunes all festival long at the Woodburn Clock Stage! The full lineup includes Micah Bachrach, Sara Bredemeyer, Macrohard Onfire, Gesto Vuoto, and DJ Davy!