This is a soft news story that I wrote for my News Reporting Class last semester.
EMMITSBURG, Md. – On Saturday, September 22, 2012 students and faculty alike stood in great anticipation outside of Purcell as they waited to enjoy a free exclusive concert designated for the members of the Mount St. Mary’s University community. They welcomed back vocalist Dua Boakye, percussionist Sheel Davé, guitarists Salim Akram and Santi Araujo and Graham Masser on the bass, a group out of Massachusetts that was started in 2007 playing a genre as distinctive as their band’s name “Bad Rabbits” Their tone is a collaboration of Rhythm and Blues, Punk, and Funk, more formally known as Indie, an eclectic sound that is uniquely their own.
Excitement filled the intimate yet crowded concert space. With barely enough room to groove to the upbeat tempos of the band’s music the 150 partakers of the event seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. As a music connoisseur, I love and respect the craft and passion that musical artists such as Bad Rabbits have on and off of the stage. I was up close and personal with the band, standing in arms reach of them and the speakers. The night wouldn’t have been complete without the opportunity to mingle with the band members following their two-hour performance during the after party where they took the time to sign autographs, converse with their fans, and sell their paraphernalia.
I caught up with Boakye the lead vocalist of the group, and asked him what his favorite part of performing was, to which he responded “The crowd reaction is my favorite part. When the kids like the songs and they rock out, there is nothing like it in the world. The first concert that we ever played, I promised myself that I would never stop doing this. That’s what it’s all about. If you don’t love it then you may as well not do it at all.” The band is not signed with any major recording label as of yet; a decision to work independently made among the group as a whole to ensure the longevity of their music for years to come. Even though Bad Rabbits is still a fresh face on the music scene, through their hard work and passion for their music they have gained a solid and dedicated following. My ears were ringing at the end of the night, but rest assured it was worth it. This band is just scratching the surface of their talent and it would behoove us as the consumers not to follow their career, because they are changing the face of the industry.