Man Man, Islands to play at fall show

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Man Man, a group that plays what the Brown Concert Agency describes as “vaudeville,” “tribal” and “gypsy ska,” will headline the BCA’s fall show on Nov. 7. The indie pop group Islands will open for them in Alumnae Hall.

Man Man plays “a contrast of jostling rhythm and bittersweet melody,” according to a BCA press release.

The Philadelphia-based band is known for their “unbelievable” live performances, said Daniel Ain ’09, BCA’s booking chair. “They’re crazy,” he said.

The band members, who like to perform in white suits and facepaint, go by the names Honus Honus, Sergei Sogay, Pow Pow, Critter Crat and Chang Wang. The BCA has tried to bring them to Brown in past years, Ain said.

Islands, who hail from Montreal, are “a little more traditional indie pop,” he said.

Since most of the BCA’s budget funds Spring Weekend shows, the agency tends to choose bands with less mainstream appeal in the fall. “We wanted to follow in the success of Girl Talk’s popularity to pick artists who would be more suited for a smaller show in an indoor venue to create an upbeat dance party for students,” said Abby Schreiver ’11, BCA ticketing chair.

The BCA has $15,500 to spend on the fall concert, and both Man Man and Islands will be paid $7,500, Ain said.

Tickets will be available in the Faunce box office starting Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be $5 for Brown students and $12 for the general public. Students will be permitted to purchase two tickets per person with their Brown ID.

In November, the agency will administer a poll asking students what they’re listening to, and who they’d like to see play on campus for Spring Weekend. “We’ll do our best to bring them to Brown,” Ain said.