Belly to Perform at Spring Weekend ConcertBy Sarah Y. Keightley and Eva Moy
This year's Spring Concert on April 23 will feature Belly, with Cold Water Flat as the opening act.
A contract with the band has already been made, according to Lori A. Weldon '95, one of the Student Center Committee Spring Concert coordinators.
The Spring Concert is the highlight of the annual Spring Weekend, which includes several activities for students.
Belly won this year's Grammy awards for best act and best new artist, according to co-coordinator Jonathan A. Allen '96. Incidentally, lead singer Tanya Donnelly was previously the bassist for the Boston-based band, Throwing Muses, he added.
Cold Water Flat is an alternative rock group; "they're smaller, but they're good," Weldon said.
The SCC considered more popular groups such as Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam, but they either became unavailable or were out of SCC's budget, Allen said. Pearl Jam, which would have cost $150,000, was about $100,000 out of range, he said.
Instead, SCC concentrated on bands they could afford -- and would have reasonable ticket prices for the MIT community -- as well as ones which people would recognize by name, Allen said.
At $10,000, Belly fell within the usual price range for Spring Concert bands and even included their own opening act.
For MIT students and the MIT community, tickets will be $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For other students, tickets will be $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
Allen said, "we would be really pleased with 2,000" attendees. Last year's concert, featuring They Might Be Giants, hosted a crowd of about 2,300, he added.
"I think a lot of people here like pop music and would come to see them," Weldon said.
"We're pretty psyched," said SCC member Christopher S. Schnyer '96. Not many bands are touring right now so it was tough to get a band, he said. But because "Belly is a good band, we're excited."
Other events which will take place during Spring Weekend include the international fair, a Roadkill Buffet performance, and the Women's Independent Living Group's Mr. Spring Weekend competition, along with other events.
Students split on choice
Students who were interviewed last night were pretty evenly split between those who have never heard of Belly and those who are excited that Belly is coming.
"I've never heard of them," said James L. Russell '95. He said he will definitely not attend the concert.
However, his co-worker at the 24-Hour Coffee House, Mary A. Frey '95, said that students who listen to Boston's alternative radio station WFNX are "familiar with the band for the most part" since Belly has had "a couple of songs that were big."
Still, Frey said she will probably not go to the concert because she does not listen to Belly's music.
On the other hand, Karen W. Ho '94 said that Belly is a great band and she is definitely going to the concert.