- Two songs into the set, the lights go on and music stops. “If you were not invited to this party, you need to leave” – PubSafe
Boat Taxi rocked their second show on Saturday night at Palmer, bringing new meaning to the song Play That Funky Music White Boy. The poppin’ funk set from this new student band was interrupted by Public Safety, who took over the mic to announce, “If you were not invited to this party, you need to leave.” To be fair, the basement was way over capacity (read not enough room to dance). It was a musical and social event to behold.
Boat Taxi was seriously on point with a setlist of classics that literally burned down the house. Hit It and Quit It, Superstition, Jungle Boogie, and Seven Nation Army, to name a few. Huge shoutout to Ben Rose ’17.5 for somehow managing to make every piece of the 11-person band audible (so big we had to make a table to fit all their names).
|Tito Son ’14.5 – Guitar
||Kurt Alles ’14.5 – Tenor Sax
|Bjorn Peterson ’15.5 - Bass
||Nick Rehmus ’15.5 - Drums
|Brian Marland ’15 - Trombone
||York Kitajima ’15 – Trumpet
|Rob Shaw ’16 - Alto Sax
||Helen Goelet ’14.5 – Vocals
|Benjamin Miller ’14.5 - Vocals / beatbox
Tommy Hyde ’14.5 – Guitar
|Noah Stone ’16.5 – Keyboard
Boat Taxi took the stage after a proper fluffing from the Milk Chocolate Project, the R&B / soul / blues band that has been taking campus by storm in recent weeks. Mohan Fitzgerald ’14, Innocent Tswamuno ’15, Tito Son ’14.5, Max Eingorn ’14, and Caroline Joyner ’15 form the quintet that, along with their usual hits, played a song from a new collaborative student music release, “Together” by Dwayne Scott off his new mixtape, “M.O.N.D.A.Y.” Note that Tito played a double header like a champ. In Mitchito’s opinion, their best song of the night was by far their cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” After the show, he said that it was the best cover he has seen any band play at Middlebury College, bar none.
Despite the quality of the music and the unprecedented level of energy on what was, for many, a long day of St. Patty’s Day debauchery, this concert was not all fun and games. As always, we’ve got to take the good with the bad when it comes to live music on campus. One of the best live shows of the year (if you ask me) was nearly shut down for lack of a better venue. When the usual Friday night dance party crowd collided with the mass of funk fans, a little bit of hell broke loose. Continue reading for details on the ensuing shitshow.