Bear AIDS to rock the Quad
The annual Bear AIDS will be held Saturday afternoon from
noon to 6:30 on the quad. Five bands will play at the concert, which will
also feature food, booths and a moon bounce and inflatable obstacle course.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services.
Bowdoin's own Slainte, the champion of the Battle of the
Bands contest, will open the event, playing a half hour set starting at
noon. This trio consists of seniors Allison Robbins and Trevor Peterson
and junior Adam Comfort. Their music blends Celtic and country. "Slainte"
means "cheers" in Gaelic. "It's kind of a mix of everything
that's not rock," said bodhran player Robbins.
"This is the last year we'll be able to play, because
Trevor and I are both graduating," she said. "We hadn't been
expecting it and it's a nice way to end the year."
The other performers will be Bree Sharp, a singer known for her 1999 hit "David Duchovny (Why Don't You Love Me);" Mystic Vibes, a Portland reggae group and Bowdoin favorite; Mr. Lif, an up-and-coming Boston hip-hop act; and Owsley, a pop/rock group out of Tennessee whose frontman Will Owsley played in a group with Ben Folds in the mid-Nineties.
Comedian Andrew Kennedy will emcee the event.
Food will be on sale from Ye Old Fish & Chips and Thai
House. The festival will feature a number of booths, including a sports
booth and Sticker Pix, where you can get a sheet of stickers with your
photo on them.
Money from T-shirt sales and raffle tickets will benefit
Merrymeeting AIDS, a group that provides education, support services,
and advocacy for social change. The concert itself is free, and suggested
donation is $10. Raffle prizes include a Patagonia fleece, a GH Bass bag,
and a $50 gift certificate to Beale St. BBQ and Grill.
According to special events coordinator Adam Cook, Bear
AIDS has been held on Ivies weekend to benefit Merrymeeting AIDS for about
ten years. It was originally sponsored by the Kappa Psi Upsilon fraternity;
the Campus Activities Board took over in 1998.
In case of rain, the show will be moved indoors to Smith Union.