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Old growth and flowers in full bloom

By Rupa Hattangadi

I n celebration of its half century in existence, the MIT Logarhythms performed a 50th Anniversary concert to a packed audience in 10-250 on March 13. The event included an excellent combination of, according to the program I got, “old growth” (Log Alumni) and “flowers in full bloom” (their wives). A plethora of guest a cappella groups helped round out the evening and set the stage for the highly anticipated Logs performance.

The Logs opened with the Beatles’ song “All My Loving,” and continued from rock show tunes “Grease Lightning” and “Pinball Wizard,” to “Life in a Nutshell” by the Barenaked Ladies and Chris DeBurgh’s “Lady in Red.” The repertoire also included Cream’s “White Room,” and Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones.” The performance was punctuated by quite a number of soloists and comical skits in between. There was also a rendition called “Eine Kleine NOT Musick” which was done very well, except for the small casualty that came about during the production. “Krazy” Karl Erdmann ’02 got hit in the face by a wandering brass rat. “His head collided with my fist,” said Seth Jacob Cooperman, the wearer of the Rat. “It was a complete accident and would have been a lot better for Karl had I not been wearing my [ring].” Karl came back quickly and joined the group again for the last few songs after taking a few minutes off.

Looking around the audience, it was clear that there were more than just currrent MIT students there. As the alumni were asked to sing, the entire middle section of the auditorium rose, and over 60 alumni joined the Logs in the front. Together, the extended Logarhythms sang the oldtime favorite “Coney Island Baby” and “Arise Ye Sons / Take me back to the Tech.” The incredible part was that there were Alumni representing all 50 years of the Logs. “It was the most incredible experience to meet the alumni and sing with them,” says Kuo-Chiang Lian ’00. “We had a reunion throughout the day, that involved singing, looking at pictures and memorabilia, and activities for the Alumni.”

Opening for the Logs were our very own Muses, followed by the Smith Noteables. This all-female group had a very refreshing a cappella sound. Their mix of songs both old and new was well done.

The Jackson Jills from Tufts were next. Their intense sound and fun got the audience involved. MIT men and women alike found their skit of the difference between the sexes to hit home pretty well.

Next was the first of two groups that had travelled a long way. The Xtension Chords drove 18 hours from Illinois, and for their mellow yet strong sound, I’d say it was worth it. The Xtension Cords took the stage dressed in jeans and all different shirts, quite a change from the uniform look the women’s groups had. Their songs ranged from Toad the Wet Sprocket to the Backstreet Boys. The audience had as much fun with the music as they did, since the Xtension Chords made every song a production instead of just a rendition of a familiar tune. And they had collectively mastered a range from a soothing bass to a high countertenor.

The Chords were followed by another all-women group from California, the USC Sirens, who had a fun and colorful sound. The girl who did the vocal percussion was outstanding. This was the group’s first tour.

The Logarhythms have been featured in The Boston Globe and They perform four free concerts at MIT every year, and at other places in the entire New England area, including Boston University, Faneuil Hall, President Vest’s house, and Colby College. The group of thirteen has also performed at many campus charity events like Sigma Kappa Late Night and the Alpha Phi Phlea Market. The Log Jam was a memorable and successful night for these widely known singers.

The opportunity to be involved in the show made the concert much more enjoyable for the crowd. Everyone had a great time listening to the music and watching the antics and dramatic element put on. The combination of groups from all over made for an incredible night and left the audience with warm feeling of tradition.

Michael Potash, an alum, helped organize the largest Log event ever. There was a 50th Anniversary commemoration T-Shirt made, along with an anniversary CD, Long Load, that is available for sale. The Logs are not selling the CD yet, but they are available by contacting Will Lee at The T-shirts are available (both the traditional Logs shirt and the new anniversary one) from the Logs ( The shirts and their latest release, Redwood, is also for sale in Lobby 10 this week.