Friday, July 25, 2014

Local bands play “Show at the Snow”

The hills (and slopes) were alive with the sound of music and laughter Thursday, April 28, as students gathered at the Snowflex centre for C’est le Vie: A Show at the Snow.

Music on the mountain — Students gathered at the Snowflex to watch musicians Humble T.I.P. and Paul Davidson perform. Photo credit: Kale Gordon

Students seated on the turf watched as four bands played on the chilly night. Other students milled around, buying food or entering Media Hope’s raffle, hoping to win gift cards to Robin Alexander or Ledo’s Pizza.

The first band to take the stage was Asaph, a rock band consisting of six Liberty students. Afterward, rapper Humble T.I.P. took the stage, pleasing the crowd by singing favorites such as the “Liberty University anthem” and “S.P.F. (Salvation Prevents Fire).”

New York native Paul Davidson followed Humble T.I.P. with soulful pop songs.

So Long Arletta closed the evening with their high energy rock. The five piece group from northern Virginia will be playing the Vans Warped Tour this summer and had the crowd jumping, clapping and singing along with them as they commanded the stage with original songs, as well as a punk rock cover of YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s, “Friday.”

The concert was held by Media Hope, a student run website sponsored by Liberty’s School of Communication. This online community is dedicated to giving students a platform in which they can voice their opinions regarding pop culture and entertainment through blogging, social networks and events.

“We’re trying to be a positive voice as students and promote positive Christian media,” Media Hope editor in chief, Aubrey Blankenship, said.

Despite their talent, Media Hope was also drawn to these four bands because they exemplify what the website stands for. Sophomore Reed Webb is part of Media Hope’s marketing team and said that the concert was a good way to promote artists who are in turn promoting positive morals.

“We support good values in media and want to give musicians with good values the venue to display their talent and their heart,” Webb said.

Many students who had not previously heard about Media Hope came away from the event not only having heard from talented musicians, but wanting to check out the website.

“I heard about Media Hope from a girl on my hall, but now I think I’d check it out,” sophomore Caitlin Harvey said.

Media Hope got its start in the fall of 2010 and since then has built up a strong team of over 30 bloggers and editors. The Show at the Snow was the website’s first event.

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