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MIT Logarhythms

By Aaron D. Mihalik

The MIT Logarhythms are MIT’s oldest a cappella group. Since its formation in 1949, the self-described “all-male student-run double quartet barbershop group” has been entertaining audiences with their eclectic repertoire of songs, including folk, madrigal, traditional, show tunes, jazz, pop, rap, and rock. The Logs will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this Saturday. The program will include a Logs Alumni reunion and a celebration concert.

The reunion will take place between current and former Logs will take place this Saturday. “The reunion will feature songs and memorabilia through the past fifty years of Logs. There will be sing-alongs, videos, recorded music, food and general reminiscing,” said Kuo-Chiang Lian ’00, one of the 12 current Logs.

“The current Logs will join the Logs alums from the past five decades to share stories of good times, music, photos, recordings, and other momentos,” said Michael S. Potash ’66, one of the organizers of the reunion.

Although the reunion is a closed event, the Logarhythms will be putting on a public concert later on Saturday at 7 p.m. in 10-250.

The Logs will be performing along with several over groups, including the University of Illinois Extension Chords, the University of Southern California Sirens, the Tufts Jackson Jills, the Smith Noteables and MIT’s own Muses.

“I imagine all of the alums will definitely be joining in on our last song,” said Ryan J. Anderson ’99, another current Log. “But this time there should be at least 50 of them instead of just one or two.”

The Logs will be selling commemorative merchandise at the concert. This includes the compilation CD of Logarhythms recordings, Long Load: 50 Years of A Cappella, and a 50th anniversary T-shirt. “Additionally, we will have our latest CD, Redwood, available as well as new T-shirts featuring our traditional log design,” Lian said.

Aside from the 50th anniversary celebration, the Logs will be performing throughout New England and will hold another concert at MIT in May. Also, the Logs are busy with their new CD, which is set to be released this coming school year.

Auditions for the Logs are in the fall. The auditions are during the week before school starts. “The best thing about our auditions is that you have to tell a joke,” Anderson said. “Logs take pride in being funny and doing funny skits at our concerts. Granted, we’ve made mistakes... but for the most part I think our concertgoers would agree that we can really make them laugh.”