Music from the iconic pop star Prince filled the Treehouse last month during the fourth installment of the Treehouse Roots Concert Series, with seven incredibly talented students paying their musical tributes to the late artist.
This concert was the first time a DJ was featured in addition to the regular performers. Media Communications bachelor’s student and Prince enthusiast Jaleesa Stevenson, aka DJ Kid Coaster, displayed her spinning skills in between sets.
“I actually took the initiative and asked if I could do it. [The organizers] gave me a chance and said yes, so I hope and pray that everything goes well!” said Jaleesa.
This being the first year of the Treehouse Roots Concert Series, the team is still finding new ways to make the events better. “Each show is an opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t work. Eventually we’d like to include video as a form of participation and possibly remixes,” said Music Production bachelor’s Associate Course Director and event sponsor Logan Belle.
For most of the students, this event represented a deep connection with the featured artist. “Prince is the only reason I started playing guitar and why I try to increase my vocal range,” said concert performer and Recording Arts bachelor’s student Nick Makosky. Nick sang and played the piano for “She’s Always in My Hair,” and sang “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”
The evening featured a total of six acts and seven performers and featured other songs such as “1999,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Little Red Corvette.” The night was capped off with all of the participants on stage to perform “Purple Rain,” and each act took a section of the song and made it their own.
The last two shows of the year will highlight two big anniversaries in the music industry. September will feature performances dedicated to the Monkees, as they debuted on television 50 years ago this year and in doing so introduced the world to a new wave of pop music. The final concert of the year will be in November and will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Revolver” album, which started the band’s “psychedelic period,” said Logan.
Online or campus students who are interested in participating in these events should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, be sure to check out our photo gallery from the event below.