Opinion: Music for all, especially for students

Photo courtesy of Mary Ambler Archives, Lindenwood University.

Sarah O’Daniel | Reporter
From Print [March 1, 2016] | Legacy

Photo by Mai Urai Vocalist Sydney Sierota performs with Echosmith performing on the Lindenwood Theater stage in the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on Feb. 23, 2016.
Photo by Mai Urai
Vocalist Sydney Sierota performs with Echosmith performing on the Lindenwood Theater stage in the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on Feb. 23, 2016.

Lindenwood is no stranger to hosting musical talents to entertain students and community members alike.

However, most of the time, the artists who appear at LU’s venue seem to be lesser-known artists or those who appeal to an older audience.

While it is possible that students may enjoy the musical stylings of Michael Bolton, Frank Sinatra Jr., or The Doobie Brothers, it is obvious that these artists are focused toward a much older audience.

While part of what makes Lindenwood great is the fact that there have been so many musical legends to grace its stage, one can’t help but wonder why it seems the main focus of hosting these artists is to entertain members of the community, rather than to entertain the student population.

This is also reflected in the advertising of these events.

During homecoming week of 2012, Mayday Parade was scheduled to perform and during the weeks leading up to it, there were fliers hanging all over the school advertising it, and the same goes for the other musical talents that are brought in for the students.

Photo courtesy of Alterna2 Popular, award-winning recording artist Michael Bolton, pictured here on guitar, performed at LU Thursday, Feb.11.
Photo courtesy of Alterna2
Popular, award-winning recording artist Michael Bolton, pictured here on guitar, performed at LU Thursday, Feb.11.

However, usually the only time I am made aware of a major “older” artist who is coming to Lindenwood, is when I am driving past the sign that faces West Clay Street, or actually walking into Scheidegger.

With the performance of Echosmith, an alt-pop band whose hits include “Cool Kids” and “Bright,” who played last Tuesday or with last year’s performance of Chase Bryant and Lee Brice, it seems that LU is trying to attract musical guests that students would enjoy as well.

Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue well into the future.
Because, while it is important to host musical guests that the community overall will enjoy, it is also important to try to host musical guests students may enjoy as well.

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