Students hoping to take a break from the noise of the Main Quad on Saturday wandered over to the LSC Quad around 3 p.m. to relax in the sunshine and enjoy some live music, as opposed to the dance music blasting from speakers and coming out from dorm room windows.
The Windham, Conn. indie-blues band Speakeasy took the stage first. Front man Max Loignon, backed by bassist Matt Samiotes and drummer Alex Smith, belted out songs that ranged in style from rock with a touch of country to hazy ballads.
The weather was perfect for Frisbee or football, and students took advantage by starting up games as Speakeasy put down a shimmering beat.
Next up was the Brooklyn indie-rock band Fort Lean. Led by singer and guitarist Keenan Mitchell, who was sporting a wild mane of bleached blonde hair, Fort Lean racked up the intensity and had the crowd bopping up and down for the entirety of their set.
Mitchell was very grateful to perform, expressing his gratitude in the form of “thank-yous” to the crowd after each song. He also called out fans who seemed particularly excited to be there, saying “I’m going to sit with you later!” to a fan who gave him a shout-out after a particularly fun song.
Keeping to his word, Mitchell walked about the crowd after Fort Lean finished their set, playfully interacting with his newly converted fans.
The headliner, Philadelphia, Penn. art-rockers Man Man, graced the crowd with schizophrenic beats that pulled the crowd off of their beach towels and onto their feet. Using unconventional instruments such as xylophones, the five-piece group who go by the names Honus, Pow, Chang, T. Moth and Jefferson provided a full set of entertainment.
They created strange vocal effects by slapping their throats while singing in one particularly bizarre opening song.
By the concert’s end a formidable crowd had gathered in front of LSC, all delighted by the excitement and enthusiasm put forth by the performers. The free show was sponsored by The Mill and WRTC Hartford and was attended by Trinity students as well as members of the Hartford community. The Mill plans an outdoor concert open to all students and community members every year for Spring Weekend.