What we've been listening to

January 24, 2018

2017 was another great year for music, so we had our Event Supervisors, Marissa, Clay and Kay, think through some of their favorite songs of the year. They created this collaborative playlist and we hope you enjoy!

What we've been listening to

December 13, 2017

Need some music to get you in the Christmas spirit? Lucky for you, the SA staff put together a playlist of our favorites we have on repeat this time of year. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Coffeehouse Security Updates

December 7, 2017

Hey everyone! With Christmas Coffeehouse coming up this weekend, we want to make sure that you're aware of some security updates you haven't seen at the show before. We're taking extra precautions this year to make sure you feel safe and have a good time.

Below are five things to know about the event!

1. Each seat section in the Vines Center will have a designated gate for entry. You will only be allowed to enter through your designated gate - a photo is on our Coffeehouse page.
2. We will be utilizing metal detectors and enforcing the Clear Bag Policy (which you can also find on our aforementioned Coffeehouse page) - we encourage you to bring as few belongings as possible so that you can move through your gate swiftly and find your seat.
3. Skip the line - pick up your ticket early! The Box Office at Vines will be open today through Friday until 5pm, and on the event day at 9pm. 
4. There will be NO RE-ENTRY once you're inside the Vines Center, meaning you should pick up your ticket and your friends' tickets this week. You will not be allowed to pick up your friends' tickets and walk outside to hand them to your friends.
5. We want to move through this security process as quickly as possible. Because of this, the first 1,000 people who walk in the doors on Saturday night will be entered into a raffle to win a $150 TARGET GIFT CARD!

BONUS: join us for the Coffeehouse pre-show! DOORS OPEN AT 10PM, and we want you to come take photos with our scene decorations, grab some snacks/drinks at the concessions stands, and mingle with your friends!

We appreciate your patience with us for all these changes in advance. Our first priority (besides putting on the best Coffeehouse ever) is to keep you and your friends safe. Thank you for working with us, and don't forget to purchase your tickets to the show!

A Sound Unheard: Colter Wall

November 21, 2017

           The music industry is a difficult one to get into, and an even difficult one to find longevity in. There are thousands of artists out there that get very little exposure, even though they are just as talented as those who have achieved “mainstream” status. One of these artists is Canada’s own: Mr. Colter Wall. While we give Canada credit for artists like Drake and Justin Bieber, we don’t really see many country music artists coming from our neighbors to the north.

            Wall’s music is classified as folk music, but has some strong influences outside of the folk genre. His first EP Imaginary Appalachia has a dark and folky/Americana feel. “Sleeping on the Blacktop” and “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” are two great examples of this folky/Americana feel and a good place to start when listening to Colter.

            Wall’s voice is similar to that of some country music stars from days’ past. Wall released a self-titled full album in May and it is a little different from the EP, but still exceeds expectations. He again brings back the darker folk sound, but also more of a classic country aspect to the album. “Snake Mountain Blues” is midway through the album, and could be the song that epitomizes the album.

            If this post has caused you to have some strong considerations to listen to Mr. Wall’s music, you need to keep a few things in mind. The reason why this incredibly talented 21-year-old won’t be featured on the radio is because his music is on the darker side and offers a lot of deep lyrics to match. While music on the radio leans more toward the shallow side, it doesn’t always favor the depth that you find in Mr. Wall’s music. His music stands out, and that’s what makes it unique.

            All in all, Colter Wall’s music is relatively slept on, and that’s a shame considering his talent. If you’re looking to shuffle up from the same rainy-day music or just looking for something a little different, give Colter a shot.

Let's Taco 'Bout It: Sparky's Cantina

November 16, 2017

For our last post concerning local Mexican food on the blog, Logan and Clay give us a glimpse into a place you probably know all too well - Sparky's Cantina. Read below for their full review!


Nuzzled up in the back of the Reber Thomas dining hall lies the hidden gem of Mexican eateries in Lynchburg. Sparky’s Cantina offers a fiesta of flavors and helping sizes that will leave you content.

When it comes to authenticity and flavor, nothing compares to the slow cooked chicken and perfectly seasoned beef found at Sparky’s Cantina. Sparky’s Cantina is the perfect place to grab a bowl or burrito with heaps of meat, rice, beans, and all the fixings, including FREE GUAC!

Sparky’s Cantina is a staple for on-campus life. As long as you have a valid Flames Pass and a meal plan, the dining hall’s gem is undoubtedly the easiest Mexican joint to visit.

No one can argue that a meal swipe for unlimited food is quite the deal. If you do not have a meal plan, a visit to the dining hall for Sparky’s Cantina will cost you about $10. Keeping in mind that you can eat until the shame from getting back in line becomes unbearable, this is a legitimate deal.

On the hunt for a first date venue? There is no need to look any further. Sparky’s Cantina offers wide open seating in a busy, loud setting filled with mixed scents and probably ten people from your hall. If you’re looking for a quick, easy option that doesn’t scream, “I’m trying to impress you,” Sparky’s Cantina is the spot for you.