A playful reggae band, a mass of happy college students, good food and tie dye, what else could you ask for?
At Stern Gardens last Thursday, Oct. 13, all you could hear was reggae and laughter. It was filled with students, all piled on the stairs that surrounded Black Lion Reggae as they performed at the Cougar Activities Board’s Reggae Night. On top of the music, students rushed at the opportunity for free Jamaican food. The huge table of black bean and rice with jerk chicken was quickly devoured by the mass of hungry students.
Students consumed their food at tables covered in rastafarian colored tablecloths and enjoyed each other’s company. The tie dye tent was busy, with a line of over 50 students waiting to create a funky shirt. The CAB workers were running around the event making sure everything was going smoothly but also were seen swaying to the music and talking to the attending students. Olivia LaRossa, a sophomore at The College, was among the attendees.
“I didn’t even know this was going on but I heard the music on the way home and decided to check it out,” LaRossa said. “I’m really happy I did because this is super cool, I got a free tie dye shirt and the music is really good.”
LaRossa and her friends all made their own tie-dye shirts and spent the rest of their evening listening to the music. LaRossa’s friend sophomore Ross Erler was surprised at the turnout.
“I wasn’t expecting there to be so many people here but this is really cool,” Erler said. “The food was surprisingly good, I have never had Jamaican food before but I really liked it.”
Black Lion Reggae played original and cover reggae tunes, interacting with the audience and cracking jokes as they performed. The four person band dressed in colorful shirts really brought the event together. Their music drew in a large crowd and had the vibe that provided good background sounds to dance and sing along to. They covered current tunes like “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Set Fire to Rain” by Adele or Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”. And yes, they covered some of Marley’s classics as well. “ No Woman No Cry”, “One Love” and “Stir It Up.” were all a part of the setlist.
Sophomore Pippa Allen was excited to see a night dedicated to Jamaican culture on campus.
“I feel like I haven’t seen any events in Charleston dedicated to Jamaican culture since I’ve been at The College, it’s really nice to see so many students here enjoying a culture that usually isn’t generally celebrated here,” Allen said.
It was the perfect Thursday night event, giving students an alternative to going out and instead the chance to enjoy the positive, uplifting music and environment Reggae Night provided. Keep it up CAB, the event was a total success.