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Student Indie Rock Concert on Reunion Weekend
Student Indie Rock Concert on Reunion Weekend

On Saturday evening, May 19, the last night of Reunion Weekend, a band featuring St. Mark's students put on a self-described "indie rock concert" in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater. Fellow students, faculty, and even some alumni attended the event and enjoyed the show.

The band—calling itself JAAAH (standing for the first letters of the first names of each of its members) played music from Coldplay, Tame Impala, Young the Giant, Foster the People, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Keane, Xu Wei, The Strokes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead.

Jovin Ho '18 played bass throughout and handled the vocals on two songs (covers of Coldplay and Young the Giant). Alan Yang '18 dazzled the crowd with his drumming all night, and he sang on the band's Xu Wei cover. Alan Zhu '19 played lead guitar and synthesizer, while his voice was heard on songs from Vampire Weekend and Keane. Alex Song '18 lent his brilliant flute-playing to JAAAH's take on Xu Wei. Helynna Lin '18 performed on a dozen songs, demonstrating her versatility by playing piano, synthesizer, and drums, while singing on five different numbers (including covers of Tame Impala, Foster the People, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead).

Faculty member Chris Roche joined the band on three songs as a special guest performer. He played rhythm guitar and was lead vocalist on both Modest Mouse's "Float On" and The Strokes' "Last Nite." He also sang lead on JAAAH's cover of The Killers' "Somebody Told Me."

Interpretive dancing was provided by Helynna Lin's little sister, much to the delight of the enthusiastic audience. It was a most enjoyable way for students to close out a busy and successful Reunion Weekend.