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With the start of winter quarter also comes the beginning of many fun events and festivities at the Underground Coffeehouse, which is located on the third floor of the Viking Union.

The coffeehouse will continue to host free concerts every Wednesday evening to showcase a wide variety of music, said UGCH Coordinator Carly Roberts. Concerts normally begin at 8 p.m.

Friday Harbor-based band Julia and the Dream, along with The Sidecars, a local band made up of Western freshman Kevin Middleton, Zack Pierson and Marcus Giovacchini, are set to play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Modern Day Hippies, a hip-hop group from Seattle, are scheduled for Jan. 25. Solo songwriter JL Styles is set to play at the coffeehouse Feb. 15.

Toward the end of February, Wyatt Parks and the Mute Choir will be opening for Lamppost Revival as part of the coffeehouse’s Leaping Leap Year Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 29, Roberts said.

Wyatt Parks said in an email he is looking forward to the opportunity to once again perform at the coffeehouse.

“The Underground gives us a lot of wiggle room in set design,” Parks said. “We aim to have a set that makes people want more.”
In addition to the concerts, the coffeehouse will continue to host Trivia Night at 7 p.m. every Monday starting Jan. 9. Teams can enter for $1. The top three teams are awarded cash prizes.

Trivia Nights are based on different themes including “Star Wars” on Jan. 23, “Sexy” on Feb. 13, “1980s” on Feb. 27 and “Film Clips” on March 5. Roberts said the “Sexy” themed Trivia Night is co-sponsored by the Associated Students Sexual Awareness Center.

Club Night will also continue. Every Thursday night, campus clubs will be able to host events for the community, Roberts said.
“Club Nights are a time for AS clubs to host events and reach out to the community in ways they usually wouldn’t be able to,” Roberts said. “For example, the Comedy Club will have shows every month so their members can practice and show themselves to people who might not know about them.”

Aside from Trivia Night and Club Night, Roberts said she hopes to reach out to every student on campus and show them an enjoyable time. She said students could give feedback on events and suggestions for future programming by filling out comment cards located in the coffeehouse.

“One of my goals for this year is to program in a way to give every student at Western a reason to come to the Underground,” Roberts said. “There should be something for everyone.”