WBOR Brings Electronica, Pop-Funk Music to Campus for Fall Concert

WBOR, Bowdoin’s radio station, hosted its first concert of the year on campus last weekend. Electronic music pulsed through Smith Union as RJD2, Shlohmo and Forget, Forget performed.

WBOR is one of the primary shapers of the campus music scene, and students highly anticipate their biannual concerts. Station manager Rachel Lopkin ’13 and the rest of the student staff try to share a wide range of music with the Bowdoin community. “The music our student DJs play on-air reflects a variety of genres and styles, and so each semester, WBOR tries to bring in artists that reflect Bowdoin students’ diverse musical tastes,” Lopkin said.

RJD2, whose song “A Beautiful Mine” is featured in the opening credits to AMC’s Mad Men and whose smooth electronic beats have been earning him increasing recognition in the music world, headlined Saturday’s concert. Scholmo, another notable DJ, and Forget, Forget, a Portland-based band featuring Bowdoin alum McKay Belk, opened the show. All three acts attracted a large, enthusiastic crowd, and even stayed to meet students after the show.

While students receive frequent exposure to popular music at Bowdoin, Lopkin feels they are less likely to discover new or different genres. “We try to bring acts to campus that we think the Bowdoin population will enjoy, but that they might not necessarily have heard of before,” she explained. “We feel it’s important to introduce lesser-known acts to campus because there’s so much great music out there that deserves just as much attention as the Top 40 hits.”

Saturday’s concert was largely an electronic-based show, though Forget, Forget has a more traditional pop-funk sound. “We wanted something danceable and fun, and with enough name-recognition to draw a crowd,” Lopkin said.

The Union remained at capacity throughout the concert, proving that WBOR had, indeed, found a winning combination in the evening’s lineup. Aggie Kelly ’13 agreed, saying, “It was really an awesome concert. Bowdoin is so fortunate to have WBOR, and I can’t wait to see who they bring to campus next semester.”

(WBOR thanks the folks at Moonlighting, and Silvia Serban in Student Activities for helping to make the concert a success.)

Story and photos by Lidey Heuck ’13

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