DNCE, Luke Christopher and Badfish Perform at Annual Springfest

Megan Brown

The annual Springfest Concert for Union College included performances from DNCE, Badfish and Luke Christopher.

The festival was held on Saturday, May 5 next to Richmond where all students, faculty and members of the community were able to attend. Badfish, a “Rhode-Island based tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime,” opened the show.  Maddie Hamparian ’20 knew about this group and was happy to hear that they were going to be on campus. “When they played ‘Santeria’ I got so excited. It’s one of their most famous songs, and I was absolutely familiar with it.”

Luke Christopher performed next and sang “Lot to Learn” and “Bedroom Trip”, among other songs. Hamparian was also a big fan of Christopher’s performance. “I was dancing a lot to ‘Lot to Learn’,” she said.

The last performance was from DNCE. The funk-rock band consists of vocalist Joe Jonas, drummer Jack Lawless, bassist and keyboardist Cole Whittle and guitarist Jin- Joo Lee. Zelda Clegg ’21 alleged that she is one of DNCE’s biggest fans. “I’ve listened to them since they first released music and I was so excited to hear that they were coming to Union.”

The volume on the lawn raised when DNCE played some of its biggest hits like “Cake By The Ocean,” “Toothbrush” and “Kissing Strangers.”

Like Clegg, Alex Lazar ’21, also enjoys their music.

“The Jonas Brothers was one of my favorite band when I was growing up, which only made me love DNCE that much more. I got great pictures and videos that I’ll keep forever,” Lazar said.

Jonas also got cheers from the crowd when he began to take pictures for his social media accounts.

“I tried to hard to get in the shot but I’m not sure that I made it. It was hard to tell, but cool that you could see the Nott Memorial in the background of his Instagram Story,” Clegg said.

Not only did Jonas take several videos for his Instagram story, but he also made a live video for his followers to watch.

Needless to say, the concert was a hit. This student-organized event pleased many students, some of whom are already looking forward to next year.

Ali Greenberg ’19 stated, “Springfest has always been one of my favorite days of the year.”

Greenberg continued by stating, “Every year we have had someone great and today was no exception. I hope we have another awesome group of musicians next year.”

Previous Springfest performers from past years have included Wyclef Jean, Matt Nathanson, the Gin Blossoms, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, G. Love and Special Sauce, Guster, the Wailers, Goldfinger, Everclear, Talib Kweli, Sean Kingston and many others.