Students have piled back into the dorm rooms and classrooms at the University at Albany, but it’s not all about pop quizzes, term papers and late nights at the library.
They’ll be doing some rockin’, too.
Thanks to University Auxiliary Services, students will also be treated to a concert this week by hot, up-and-coming rockers Avi Buffalo, who are on their way to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the Catskills this weekend. They were also one of the most buzzed-about bands at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA earlier this month.
But nobody knows where or when the concert is happening – not yet. It’s a kind of semi-secret show.
“The show is part of University Auxiliary Services’ new social media plan,” explains Jed Davis, local musician whose day job is as assistant director of communications for UAS. “If students follow UASAlbany on Twitter, we let them know all sorts of good exclusive stuff – like when the various campus eateries are handing out freebies, when the bookstore is running a special or when we’re putting on a flash event like this Avi Buffalo gig.”
Davis – whose new album, “The Cutting Room Floor,” is slated for upcoming release on Eschatone Records on Tuesday, September 21 – promises that this week’s Avi Buffalo show is just the first of many.
“We’ll be organizing these flash concerts almost every week,” he reveals. “We hope to bring lots of local artists to the UAlbany campus (so they can build student followings) interspersed with national acts and crazy surprises.”