Concert brings Americana/Soul

By Luke Glaser

The Student Activities Board is bringing one of the most iconic college atmospheres to the University of Kentucky.

Coffee House, an idea formulated between the Cultural Arts and Concert committees, will feature a musician, poetry, an intimate setting, and of course, coffee.

“We based the idea around the fact that students simply want a place to relax in a nice atmosphere,” said Amanda Rambo, Director of Cultural Arts for SAB. “Music and poetry can bring that.”

An iconic coffee house needs to feature an iconic coffee house musician, in this case Andrea Davidson, a Kentucky-bred guitarist fresh off a stint in California.

“We wanted to start out with a big show and bring a big artist,” said Derek Operle, Recruitment Chair for the Concert Committee. “She has a great sound to her, and it’s exciting to listen to something on campus that’s not mainstream.”

After practicing and playing locally for 5-6 years, Davidson packed everything in her car and headed out west to meet people and play gigs. She has recently returned home to reconnect with fans and play in some familiar places.

A rising musician who has played at many celebrated functions, including the HullabaLou concert series, Davidson is nonetheless ecstatic about coming to UK.

“I feel like the luckiest broad in the world,” she said. Also gifted on the piano and harmonica, Davidson will be playing music in the Americana/soul style. “I’m not sure I can put a style on it,” she said, “I just know it comes from the right place.”

The only thing missing from the perfect coffee house recipe is poetry, which will be delivered by UK’s Slam Poetry team.

“Slam Poetry is a different way to reach out to students,” Rambo said, “the team has won multiple awards as well.”

The Coffee House begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Starbucks in Commons Market.

Chris Duncan, Director of Concerts, says that a Coffee House was an idea originated by the students.

“We took a survey, and lots of people responded that they wanted a coffee house.”

Complimentary beverages will be provided by Starbucks, Andrea Davidson will be selling CD’s and SAB will also be raffling off a beret in the coffee house style. “We’re really excited” said Duncan, “It’s going to be a cold day, we have free coffee, a cool atmosphere, pretty much the perfect scene.”