The days of school-less leisure and exotic vacations are within reach as summer rapidly approaches. But not before final exams, projects and papers. Although most students are buried in textbooks or sleeping in computer labs, everyone deserves one last hurrah to celebrate another successful year. On Wednesday, June 1 from 8 to 10 p.m., the Underground Coffeehouse will host its End of the Year Party, a free event with live music and prize giveaways.
The party will feature Eclecticity, a Bellingham-based band that has performed at numerous local events this year, including the Higginson Festival of Music and EndFair.
Starting as seven strangers who periodically jammed together in the Underground, Eclecticity recorded their first full-length album last spring. The band incorporates an array of instruments, including guitar, vocals, bass, organ, drums, percussion, saxophone and trombone. Samuel Eisen-Meyers, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, described Eclecticity as a mix between soul rock, world beat and afro-rock.
“We are just beginning to find our sound,” he said. “We are in some ways taking what we know from our respective backgrounds in attempts to find our voices and share our music with the students.”
For the first hour of the party, the band will host a jam session and invite anyone who can play an instrument to join them on stage.
“Eclecticity has been a really popular band performing on campus, and I definitely wanted something with a little bit more of a fun vibe,” said Megan Housekeeper, the Underground coordinator. “Typically, the Underground does a lot of acoustic music, and so this will be a little bit more upbeat to get people dancing.”
Housekeeper said there will also be a prize wheel, and attendees can win prizes including Underground Coffeehouse tumblers and promotional posters from various Underground shows.
The Underground will also give away CD samplers, which include tracks from bands that recently have performed concerts at the venue, including Shenandoah Davis, Kris Orlowski, The Bad Tenants, Sea Fever and Native Guerrillas, as well as Eclecticity. There will also be complimentary ice cream floats from Mallard Ice Cream.
“I would hope the party celebrates everyone’s effort of going to class throughout the year, making it through that, coming to music events and everyone putting on those events,” said Kim Masser, a supervisor at the Underground. “It’s a combination of everything.”