SPENCER BIBLE, Arts & Entertainment Editor
On Saturday February 11, Pearsons will shake.
Vortex, Folk and Blues’ little sister, is an annual student-organized concert extravaganza. Past line-ups have included Explode Into Colors, Kings Go Forth and Jay Reatard. Rooted in punk rock, Vortex is a music showcase committed to sweaty, energetic performances and attempts to highlight rising bands with compelling sound. The event will begin exactly at 9 p.m., and end at midnight. Make sure to show up to DK’s on time to see every second of the show. Vortex is limited to students and registered guests. Alcohol is not permitted inside the building.
Campus favorite Jerry Fels (of Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels) has agreed to emcee. A one-man tour de force, his overt lyrics and affable nature make him a memorable and unique performer. He’s been touring obsessively after the release of his second full-length record, “Evil Is The Root Of All Money,” honing his hilarious live show. Jerry will be playing memorable tunes such as, “I Bet They Were F*cking,” and “I Don’t Want To Share My Toys,” between acts. If you want to sing along, go to myspace.com/jerryfelsandthejerryfels and enjoy.
Philadelphia punk quartet Univox will go on first at 9 p.m. Blending their high energy no coast surf rock with Bowie-esque space ballads, Univox is a power house of striking, driving, pop melodies. Their reputation for getting the crowd going is sure to make them a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss it. If you need a boost to your workout playlist—because you obviously just got back from the gym—hit up univoxtheband.com and listen to “Pi,” a straightforward rock and roll banger that’ll get you off the couch.
Buffalo Moon, coming off a two-month tour of South America, is a bossa supernova of danceable grooves. Karen Frier, born in Ecuador, is the front woman with Latin roots. Her smooth lyrical style rests between the percussive spine of each song. This five-person group from Minneapolis has been turning heads around the Midwest, and other more negligible parts of the world. Their music seduces you poolside and then shoves you into the water. Visit http://www.buffalomoonmusic.com but be warned, you may fall in love.
Headlining this year is Ohio-based electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy, whose atmospheric trances combine the ear pleasing tones of thick synthesizers with the harmonies of a gospel choir. Listening to their record “7am” takes you into another world of color and texture. Spaced-out dance tracks like “Cheaters,” put the listener into a dreamy spell that is impossible to resist. After their recent move to Amsterdam, their music has made it to the next level. Turning heads on the electronic scene all over the country, Teengirl Fantasy can only get better from here. Get beyond your body and let go as this duo elevates DK’s beyond its lingering smell of french fries. Recommended is their break out song “Portofino.” Its staggering drums and tinkering melody make it the anchor of any good playlist.
Events are a product of the audience that attends them. If Beloit College arrives on a mission—as we are known to do—February 11 is sure to be a beautiful night.