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Hozier performs in Seattle in 2015.

Staff Picks: Fall Albums

By The Pitt News Staff October 12, 2021
The weather might have not caught up to it yet, but it is definitely October and autumn is upon us. It doesn’t matter if you’re leaning into the more gloomy or the lovestruck aspects of fall, these albums have got you covered.
Pitt students at a Lauv concert on Schenley Drive at PPC’s annual Fall Fest on Sunday.

PPC’s first in-person Fall Fest since 2019 delayed for two hours

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer October 11, 2021
Food trucks, hundreds of students and a large stage blocked off Schenley Drive most of Sunday. Pitt Program Council hosted the first in-person Fall Fest since 2019, offering Pitt students a day to unwind before midterm season goes into full swing.
Pitt Program Council’s annual Fall Fest starts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Schenley Plaza. Pitt undergraduate students enter free and can expect music, food and fun activities.

PPC’s Fall Fest to feature Lauv, food trucks and more

By Sarah Demchak, For The Pitt News October 8, 2021
Live music, dancing and food trucks — it is Pitt Program Council's first in-person Fall Fest since 2019. Pitt students can expect a Saturday afternoon filled with all the fun activities they have been missing out on for the past two years.
Dionysus members Myles Naylor and Christian Ryan close the night at Battle of the Bands.

Student rock band Dionysus wins Battle of the Bands

By Darin Fields, Staff Writer October 1, 2021
The opportunity to perform is not one musicians take lightly. Pitt-based new age rock band Dionysus will get the opportunity to share their music at Fall Fest after winning Pitt Program Council’s Battle of the Bands on Wednesday night.
Pitt Program Council announced that Lauv, an American pop artist, will headline this year’s Fall Fest. Students can attend Fall Fest on Oct. 10 starting at 1 p.m. on Schenley Drive. Pictured is the 2018 Bigelow Bash, the former name of Fall Fest.

Pitt Program Council announces Lauv as Fall Fest headliner

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor September 21, 2021
Fall Fest is returning in person this year, and after a year and a half of virtual events, students can finally get the full on-campus concert experience — dancing in a crowd with friends and listening to some blasting bass from this year’s headliner, Lauv.
Victoria Bistarkey, a former alto saxophone section leader who graduated last May, was responsible for maintaining a positive environment during her section’s Zoom rehearsals last year. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Pitt.

Pitt band prepares to celebrate alumni in homecoming performance

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer September 21, 2021
Pitt band members spent most of last year practicing marching drills in their dorm rooms over Zoom. Although unable to practice in person during their senior year, last year’s graduates can apply their skills on the field one last time this weekend.
“Montero” is the newest album by American rapper and singer-songwriter Lil Nas X.

Review | ‘MONTERO’ is a glorious come-to-form for Lil Nas X

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor September 19, 2021
Culture editor Diana Velasquez argues that Lil Nas X’s new album is not just a glorious come-to-form for the pop star, but a history-making album for LGBTQ+ artists in the music industry.
Students attend a concert at Stage AE to see alternative indie band Glass Animals.

Students return to in-person concerts despite pandemic uncertainty

By Darin Fields, For The Pitt News September 19, 2021
As concerts and other live performances have begun to return, one question lingers in the air — is the risk of exposure worth the experience? For Pitt students, there is a common feeling of cautious excitement about the return of concerts.
The Songburghs, a co-ed a cappella group at Pitt.

Pitt a capella groups reflect on past year, discuss new season

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer June 28, 2021
A cappella groups aren’t just performance outlets for talented student vocalists. Joining a cappella groups isn’t always competitive, and it is a way to meet other students and create friendships.
“From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” was presented last Friday by Pitt’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, featuring local artists and Pitt faculty showcasing the importance of music throughout the African American community as part of a Juneteenth celebration.

“From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” brings African American musical traditions to Juneteenth

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer June 23, 2021
Pitt’s “From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” event last Friday featured many local artists, including faculty, as a way to showcase the importance of music throughout the African American community as part of a Juneteenth celebration.
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