Hanine El Mir
Senior Staff Writer
The AUB Music Club hosted the “Spring Into Wellness” concert and pizza night on Wednesday, April 19, giving students a break from their stressful schedules, assignments due, and exams.
Held on the same day as the junior and senior registration for the Fall 2018 Semester, which is said to be one of the most stressful days of the academic journey, the event was in collaboration with four other clubs and societies: the Mental Health Awareness Club, the Engineering Student Society, the Hip Hop Club, and the JCI (Junior Chamber International) organization.
The concert opened with an acoustic act by Sara Nasser, a member of the Music Club. She performed two original songs she had written, accompanied by Reda Bitar on drums.
Some of the club’s members joined in on her set during the last song, including bassist and President Alfred Naayem who said he “couldn’t stay out of it.”
The set was followed by The Unplanned, a newly rising two-man ukulele band that was selected as part of the Grand Factory’s “Dis-Covered” bands. The concert was their third official stage performance as an act, having performed two weeks ago in the Media Society’s Short Film Festival.
The band started their set with an original song written by the band’s vocalist Mostafa El Fakhani, titled “Heart of Gold.”
Later, the band performed Twenty One Pilots’ “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV,” which involved audience participation. Fakhani used hand gestures to get one side of the audience to do some harmonizing while the other side said “yeah, yeah, yeah!”
The Unplanned performed several other songs, including Vance Joy’s “Riptide” and Afroman’s “Colt 45,” followed by a mash-up of radio songs such as Maroon 5’s “This Love,” Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
They ended their set with a mash-up between some of The Weeknd’s songs and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” with Fakhani noting that it came out a few months after he was born.
The third performer of the night was acoustic solo artist Hani Faysal, who performed his own versions of famous late 2000s hits like Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology.” He also performed Radiohead’s well-known hit “Creep.”
Kyent then took the stage. It is a band made up of two sets of twins but both female members couldn’t make it that night. The band is also in The Grand Factory’s “Dis-Covered” competition.
It was the first time the band’s guitarist performed in front of a live audience. Him and his twin brother performed their own slower versions of MGMT’s “Kids” and Mr. Probz’ “Waves.” They ended their set with an original written in Arabic.
Halfway through the show, the night’s host Nour Bou Malham introduced the Hip Hop Club for a small choreography they had put together. It was performed by six of the club’s members.
Their dance was followed by an AUB Music Club band called Khabeesa. The band performed hits like FUN.’s “We Are Young” and Duffy’s “Mercy.”
The band Decibelz then took the stage and performed LP’s “Lost on You” and Arctic Monkey’s “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High,” among others.
The line-up ended with Hypothetical Band, notably heavier than the acts and bands that had performed earlier in the evening. They engaged the audience in a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” which had many people singing along. They also performed Muse’s “Hysteria” with an added metal twist that made it heavier.
Throughout the event, there were small intermissions in which the host chose a couple of people from the audience to perform as part of a competition.
Winners got vouchers from “Tonino Crepes & Waffles” as well as prizes from Malik’s.
Malik’s had also provided everyone in the audience with “20% off” vouchers.