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Cactus Demon to Play at 'Unplugged'

By Scott Deskin
Associate Arts Editor

Not to be outdone by MTV, MIT will hold its own free-form pop-music jam as part of this year's Residence and Orientation Week lineup. The concert, affectionately known as "MIT Unplugged," will take place this evening on the Student Center front steps and is open to all MIT students.

The Student Center Committee is sponsoring the concert, and it is one of many concerts that the SCC sponsors throughout the year - which includes the annual Battle of the Bands in the spring.

The headlining act is Nine-Headed Cactus Demon, one of MIT's premier house bands. The group has performed at several MIT events, including the Battle of the Bands. The concert also features the DJs of WMBR, MIT's on-campus radio station.

The SCC has sponsored similar R/O band parties in the past, but they have had poor attendance due in part to bad timing, said SCC Logistics Manager Jon A. Allen '96. Last year's "Red Line Party," which was scheduled in the middle of the week after Rush, conflicted with many students' plans to study for that week's Advanced Standing Examinations, he said.

"We decided to move the band party up one week, so that the freshmen can have a chance to take a break before Rush starts," Allen said. The posters may hype "MIT Unplugged" as a live band party, but in fact it is just an informal gathering of students on Kresge Oval to listen or to just hang out, Allen said.

Event organizer Grant W. Su '97 enthusiastically said, "It'll be a blast!"

Organizers see the concert as a way for freshmen to kick back and relax. Most of all, Allen believes that the concert provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the best music of MIT's rock scene in a low-pressure setting.

"MIT Unplugged" is scheduled from 9:30 p.m. to midnight; the rain location is Lobdell Court.