Students celebrate spring with concert headlining Quinn XCII, Lawn-A-Palooza carnival
For the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented many of Salve Regina’s annual events from happening. With things taking a turn for the better this spring, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) is proud to announce the return of the beloved tradition of the spring concert, as well as the spring carnival.
“We actually haven’t had a concert since before 2020 when it got canceled. The fall concert [in 2021] was our first step to introduce concerts again,” expressed Riley Finn ’23, CAB music and entertainment committee director. “I am very excited to have my first spring concert.”
The current senior class is the only group of students who have experienced a big spring concert on campus, as the pandemic altered the college experience for the majority of Salve Regina students. That all changes on April 8, when the chance to enjoy an event that was once an expectation for the Salve Regina experience returns—with Quinn XCII.
Spring concert lineup and details
Quinn XCII wrote his most recent album “Change of Scenery II” in Newport, Rhode Island, titling the first track on his album “We Made This Album In Newport.” The artist spent some time exploring Newport with his friend writing the album, adding to the excitement of listening to live music inspired by the beautiful city.
“It’s an honor to have him back [in Newport] again,” Finn emphasized.
Being able to perform this album in Newport will be as special for Quinn XCII as it is for Salve Regina’s students. In a survey sent out by CAB last spring asking whom students would like to perform at the Spring concert, the results showed Quinn XCII as the favorite.
Prior to the concert from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be food trucks outside Rodgers Recreation Center until the doors open at 6:15 p.m. Students are encouraged to eat prior to the concert, as food will not be provided until the end of the night when small snacks and chips will be provided for students on their way out.
The opening act will begin at 7:15 p.m. with Oompa, a new artist. Before Quinn XCII is to take the stage, the students will also be given the chance to enjoy Blxst, a hip-hop and rap artist that will provide some variety to the concert. Quinn XCII is scheduled to perform from 9 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale, and students can find them by visiting the Eventbrite for the concert. Tickets are priced at $20.
Lawn-A-Palooza spring carnival details
In addition to the concert, CAB is kicking off the spring activities with a carnival event called Lawn-A-Palooza, which will be held on the lawn outside Gerety Hall from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
The event will include a large outdoor inflatable, a petting zoo, games and a giveaway event. The event is free for students to attend, and there will be a variety of food truck options to choose from.
“I believe one of the biggest attractions are all the fun activities that students can take a part of that day and to come and relax and enjoy the outdoors of Gerety, ” said Dyanna Moriera, the director of student engagement.
Article by student writer Anna K. Downes ’22