Spring concert brings pop star Daya to campus

By Seán McGlone – News Editor

A crowd of 400 Lasell students gathered to see pop star Daya on Saturday, April 23 in de Witt Hall. Photo by Seán McGlone.

A crowd of about 400 Lasell students attended the spring concert in de Witt Hall on Saturday, April 23. The free concert featured Pittsburgh-born pop star Daya.

The concert was put together as a collaboration between Lasell College Radio (LCR) and Campus Activities Board (CAB). Planning for the concert started in the fall semester and was organized by a committee of both CAB and LCR representatives as well as CAB advisor Sarah Richardson. Daya was confirmed to perform in February.

Both organizations knew they wanted to put together a concert with a big name artist that students would appreciate and would want to see, so they decided to pool each group’s funds to really try and get a big name to campus.

The concert was put on with the help of local company Pretty Polly Productions, based in Newton Upper Falls. Pretty Polly is an organization that acts as a middleman for organizations interested in holding its own events. Pretty Polly also draws up a contract between the artists and representatives from the group putting on the concert.

“They provide all of the sound equipment, all of the lighting equipment, basically all of the stuff that can make a concert feel like a real concert, even if the venue is never used for a thing like that,” said LCR Station Manager Spencer Kosior. The company worked with the committee based on what sort of artist the group was looking for and how much money they had to spend.

“After we were told that Daya was a possibility, we said ‘yes, do it, pull the trigger,’” said Kosior.

Volunteers from both CAB and LCR helped to construct the stage on the day of the concert. These volunteers were brought together by Promotions Manager of LCR Kelli Smith and CAB Vice President of Themes and Things Elizabeth Bohn. Both were essential members of the committee that brought Daya to Lasell.

“Both of us wanted to do a spring concert, but why not just combine it and make it bigger and better?” said Smith. The pair worked with Richardson as well as Pretty Polly in trying to put together the best spring concert they could.

The concert featured Boston-based folk rock band The Wolff Sisters opening for Daya. Both performers played for 45 minutes each. Students danced and sang along with Daya during her performance of her most famous songs “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Hide Away.”

The months of work by the committee of LCR and CAB led to the complete success of the concert. “We definitely set the bar high for future years, it’s going to be hard to reach that again, but we’re hoping to do the same, if not better,” said Bohn.

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