AMP’s “Rampage” Weekend was a major sensation on the evenings of April 24 and 25, as the campus activities office organized two energy filled nights for students to just let loose and have fun.
The weekend kicked off Friday night with an outdoor concert featuring three musical performances by the Mount Seminary’s own Wabash Altar Company, The Voice alumnus, Nelson “Nelly” Emokpae’s organized group, Nelly’s Echo, and the up-and-coming indie pop band MisterWives.
The seminarian quintet opened the concert, melding the talents of Coady Owens on the mandolin, fiddler Eric Burgener, guitarist Cole Daily, bass guitarist Jimmie O’Connor, and drummer Tom Zehr. The band covered a variety of songs with their rustic style of sound including “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver, and “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. The group also introduced an original song written by Cole Daily, “Allison” which emphasizes the importance of relationships in our lives, especially, and specifically for the group members as seminarians, our relationship with God.
Next up was Nelly’s Echo who in addition to its founder, “Nelly” on guitar and vocals, included fellow guitarist Marcin Obtrebski, percussionist Daniel Booker, and the father and son duo of Barry and Tyler Sherard on the drums and bass guitar respectively. The group describes their genre of music as “definitely on the funky side” which has greatly evolved over time.
The band certainly accomplished its desire to “emanate positivity on stage,” as students cheered on their lively performance incorporating covers of “Come Together” by The Beatles’ and “Rude” by Magic! as well as Nelly’s acclaimed rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine” along with original songs from each of their three albums: Live Love N Laugh, Secrets to a Happy Life and Journey.
Last, but certainly not least, was the final act of the night, MisterWives, with their electrifying performance of songs from their newly released album, Our Own House. Lead vocalist Mandy Lee Duffy took to the stage along with percussionist Etienne Bowler, multi-instrumentalist Jesse Blum, saxophonist Mike Murphy, bass guitarist William Hehir, and guitarist Marc Campbell, to play their album’s title song “Our Own House,” as well as “Not Your Way,” “Best I Can Do,” “Vagabond,” and major hit “Reflections,” while also covering Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
As if Friday’s thrilling concert wasn’t enough to quench the “rampaging” students, the GlowRage Party that followed the next evening brought the weekend to an awesome end. Students danced Saturday night away into early Sunday morning while surrounded by friends and covered in paint.
Rampage Weekend allowed students the opportunity to break from their studies in the last weeks of classes and will be highly anticipated to return next year.