By Matt Blair
Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll has been the holy trinity of the rock star lifestyle since long before Ian Dury wrote a single by the same name in 1976. As much as our culture may warn against living the rock star lifestyle, one thing remains clear: these things aren’t going away any time soon.
If partying like a rock star sounds like your sort of thing, from 7 to 10 p.m. this Thursday in the VU Multipurpose Room the AS ROP Drug Information Center (DIC) and the AS ROP Sexual Awareness Center (SAC) will be cohosting an event that features three local bands, games and other entertainment in hopes of raising student’s awareness about drugs and sexuality.
Headlining the music portion of the event, “Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll” is Bellingham-based band Addition. This will mark the first of three shows on Western’s campus for the four-person ensemble, including performances at Endfair and Veganfest. Addition offers a combination of country, folk and modern rock and roll punctuated by playfully rhythmic guitar progressions, according to What’s Up! It’s sort of like the Beach Boys turned up to 11.
Playing before them are local bands Crossfox and the Mumbles. Crossfox plays a style of rock akin to the likes of Vampire Weekend or Fleet Foxes. The Mumbles have been slowly gaining steam in Bellingham after playing a few shows at local venues such as the Rogue Hero.
DIC Coordinator Brian Arcement said that the DIC and SAC came up with the idea of hosting a concert through a mutual brainstorming session. Both ROP programs are hoping to lure a more diverse group of students than they normally see at the individual events.
“The reason we’re hosting this is to draw a different crowd than we normally get,” Arcement said. “We think that a good event with free music will help bring out people that normally don’t come out to our events.”
Because the ROP is located in the back of the 5th floor of the Viking Union, Arcement believes that it is sometimes difficult to get exposure. He said events such as “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” allow the DIC to expand their outreach services and reach more students.
“It’s not an area that’s very visually represented,” Arcement said. “People don’t normally walk by here, so we have to reach out to them.”
Arcement said it was easy for the SAC and DIC to join up together because they have likeminded goals when it comes to informing people about the realities of engaging in sex or drug use.
“Both our office and theirs work in risk reduction,” Arcement said. “We understand people are going to do drugs and have sex. We just try to teach safety so that people are better prepared when they find themselves in those kinds of situations.”
In between sets, there will also be drunk goggle condom relays, in which teams will compete against each other for prizes.