ASUW Arts + Entertainment (A+E) recently announced the full lineup for their Fall Fling concert after revealing the performances on social media last week. The student-organized concert will take place on campus just days before the start of term, sending summer into the highest of moods.
Fall Fling, funded by Freshman Programs, in association with Dawg Daze, is one of many events hosted by ASUW A+E during the school year, bringing large-scale entertainment events right to campus. . ASUW A+E Director Charlie Higgins emphasized the importance of music not just to UW, but to Seattle as a whole.
“Music obviously goes hand in hand with Seattle culture and UW culture,” Higgins said. “When I went to Fall Fling my freshman year, it opened my eyes. This year, we’re just trying to do the same thing.
Four acts will perform on September 26 – headliner Jean Dawson with The Moss, Aurora Avenue and Kaede 01 opening.
Lead singer Jean Dawson, an indie rock rapper who grew up in Mexico and California, is set to release his new album “CHAOS NOW*.” With the album due out on October 7 and a tour scheduled soon after, Higgins thinks it’s the perfect time to catch Dawson before he reaches new levels of fame.
“This is a good opportunity for us to present [Dawson] to the student body before all of his shows, before widespread success,” Higgins said. “Everybody [will get] a little scoop on an artist who we think is going to be huge… Hopefully we’ll hear some new stuff. He’s just released some first singles from the record, which are really fantastic.
The Moss, one of three Fall Fling openers, hails from Salt Lake City. The four-person alternative rock band has released several albums and singles, with Higgins describing their music as the genre where “anyone can show up without knowing a single song and have a great time”.
The other two openings, Aurora Avenue and Kaede 01, are local student bands chosen by the UW RSO Husky Jam student music. By showcasing student performers, the concert not only gives students professional musical opportunities, but also shows new students what can be achieved on campus.
For Higgins, the highlight of Fall Fling is seeing people being exposed to new music and artists they might not have encountered otherwise.
“I’m very excited for the kids showing up, not knowing who’s playing,” Higgins said. “I want to see kids who don’t just listen to artists, but genres [too].”
Fall Fling is the quintessential UW event for early fall. It’s a keepsake that many students look back on fondly, and it’s the perfect way to dance, sing, and let loose with other students before classes resume.
“Now is the perfect time [to get involved] if you care about music, if you care about live music…anything entertainment,” Higgins said. “This is where it starts for UW.”
Fall Fling will be hosted on the HUB lawn and admission is free with UW ID. The concert is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 26 at 3 p.m.
Contact Natalie Roy, Arts + Culture Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @nataliedroy
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