Glitter Ball Highlights
The spirits of glam rock and philanthropy came into concert in Glitter Ball on Friday, April 18th at the St. Olaf College campus. Rock the Cause, a Minneapolis non-profit, and St. Olaf student volunteers organized the fund raiser to bring greater awareness and support for the HOPE Center and Open Arms of Minnesota. From the back-of-the-envelope planning stages to final band encore, Glitter Ball showcased an inspiring ensemble of Minnesota talent.
Rock the Cause connected the College of St. Olaf student volunteers, both of the charities which were recipients of the proceeds from the night, and the rock bands who entertained. Jordan Stolts, a Rock the Cause volunteer and visual design professional, created a display that incorporated both charities’ messages of education and inspiration. These were showcased throughout the entire night on a massive screen which hung to the right of the performance stage. Between the performances, St. Olaf student volunteers took the stage to convey pertinent information about the AIDS/HIV epidemic and the realities of sexual assault in our nation. The idea behind this exhibit was to educate while entertaining the audience without leaving them overwhelmed by the facts.
On the stage and behind the scenes, the St. Olaf students were professional and graceful. From the moment of our arrival to Lion’s Pause Mane stage, in Buntrock commons, the room was buzzing with student volunteers draped in sequence, spandex, glitter, and big hair, pushing tables together in the back for the silent auction, flying up and down the stairs preparing an area for each band to display their merchandise – all while greeting each new face that came through the doors. I broke into a sweat just watching them. Even having witnessed this level of organized commitment, I would not have imagined what else they could have had in store. Just before the headlining band set foot on the stage, a group of St. Olaf’s own singers contributed to this glam night. They commanded attention as soon as they stepped onto the stage, and their rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was beautifully executed.
Throughout the night not a single performance was out done. One after the other, The Notties, ReadyGoes, So It Goes, and Roster McCabe contributed their unique sound trough rock covers as well as incorporating their own original material. I had the good fortune to interview each band throughout the day. These interviews will be posted one at a time in the next few weeks, as I believe that each band deserves their own spot light.