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RockYoFace returns this semester with big plans at SBU

RockYoFaceCase bought talent to Stony Brook's UCage stage for six years. (NINA LIN / THE STATESMAN)
RockYoFaceCase has brought talent to Stony Brook’s UCafé stage for six years. Tayisha Busay was one of many that performed over the years. (NINA LIN / THE STATESMAN)

As the winter break comes to a close and classes begin to pick up again, RockYoFace has big plans for the upcoming spring semester. For those of you who might have not heard of RockYoFace yet, it is an organization whose goals are true to its name: to bring music and entertainment to Stony Brook’s campus. Later this semester, when students probably find themselves in a barrage of homework and exams, they can take a break and enjoy what this organization has to offer.

RockYoFace, which was formed by undergraduates for undergraduates, already has plans to host a number of concerts in our very own University Café, usually on Thursdays and Fridays. The University Café is a bar and performance center on the Stony Brook campus. It is located in the Union and consists of a bar and stage.

According to the RockYoFace Facebook page, the concert series has been going on for about six years. Many different performances have been held and there have even been themed nights, such as glow parties.

Freshman Deval Shah, who will be interning at RockYoFace for his second semester, was kind enough to enlighten me with a peek into what they have in store for the campus in the upcoming semester. An undeclared major leaning towards psychology and economics, Shah recalled his experience as an intern last semester. Expressing that RockYoFace was especially friendly to newcomers or, “super super nice to new people who get you right in,” Shah relayed that they provided a number of successful concerts, including Electroswing themed events, featuring a number of D.J.s, namely D.J. Lord Justice who came all the way from Germany. Shah particularly enjoyed “Hot Punk Day” which included the Disco Robots.

Evidently, RockYoFace is pretty well-connected and brings in some big names. Additionally, many other small town local bands came to rock out with their mics out.

What can we expect this semester? Coming up this Friday, on Feb. 7 The Front Bottoms will be playing, free of charge for SBU students. That’s right: it’s free for students. The Disco Robots will come back to make an appearance as well. Also, make a mental note that Cult Classic is coming to jam; it is going to be a huge show and GSO is collaborating with RockYoFace to make that happen.

Shah himself looks forward to The Front Bottoms show and he is personally a fan of the Disco Robots too. He assures me that these concerts are going to be packed, so if students want to attend, they may want to get their early. Shah looks forward to another exciting semester working with RockYoFace, and says that he wishes to get even more involved.

On another note, many students have told me of a common misconception: that one has to be 21 years old to attend these concerts, which are in the UCafé. Rest assured this is not true; the bar is closed and therefore RockYoFace hosts concerts for all ages. Upon hearing this, people’s faces have lit up and they have told me that they would be more inclined to attend. Samantha Maier, a junior double majoring in psychology and biology, says, “I’d always assumed that you had to be 21 to get in. Now that I know, I would definitely check it out.”

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