Rock The Roof

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Philanthropy takes on many forms. In the modern world, college students are finding even more effective ways to raise money for charities, give people a good time, and overall help the common good. University of Louisville fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon has their own contribution in this ideal: Rock the Roof, a one-night local battle of the bands, dedicated to providing people with an evening of musical goodness and raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that supplies a common good for the community.

This year’s Rock the Roof is the event’s third time occurring, and it has only been getting bigger. Eric Elder, Sigma Phi member, UofL student and event is excited about the direction the event seems to be heading. The past couple years, when Rock the Roof was just fledgling, the event was held at The Tin Roof a small venue on Shelbyville Road. The modest bar was a pleasant and appropriate home for the event for a time, but it was growing, and it was time for an expansion. The new location is Headliner’s Music Hall, a renowned, full-scale venue with the ability to pack in hundreds. Rock the Roof is no longer a tiny fundraiser, but a powerful fundraiser. Our time at the event this year solidifies that fact.

There are a number of different bands competing in Rock the Roof, ranging in style from solo country-style singer-songwriters to pop, to multi-piece rock groups. Each brought their own flavor to the event, creating a diverse and unpredictable atmosphere. The most popular among Sig Ep was 641, a country pop group whose lead singer is a brother to a current Sig Ep there. The band’s most popular single, “Get Your Yeti On” showcases their humorous and creative side. Another group in a similar country vein was Hayleigh Martin and the Extras. Martin’s delicate voice, and charismatic stage presence made for an immensely enjoyable and memorable set. Others included Before the Streetlights, whose loud and impassioned set most certainly gave credence to the event’s title. Over all the vibes of the event were very relaxed and laid back. Although this was a battle of the bands, all the bands were friendly and in support of each other throughout the night. As one band’s set would end they would join the crowd and cheer on the next band to come on; this was a pleasant reminder of the true purpose of this event, which was to raise money for the Big Brother, Big Sister program. The overall feel was a sense of unity and care-free fun, and even other fraternities came out in support and to enjoy the music.

We sat down and talked with three bands: The Placebo Effort, Before the Streetlights, As and Blank Agenda. While each band, at their core, is rock of some sort, they each have their own distinctive style. The Placebo Effect describe themselves as “alternative,” but also experiment with other genres, while Before the Streetlights never stick to one sound, divvying between different time periods and genres of music constantly. Blank Agenda dabble in southern rock and alternative, while always giving their music a tongue-in-cheek, quirky flare. Each of these bands were unique in their own right, and highlight the diversity that takes place at Rock the Roof musically.

Ultimately, two winners were chosen as the best among the best after several hours of tunes, and a panel of judges had time to sit down and scope out who they believed put on the top performances of the night. The first prize, a special sum of $300, ending up going to Hayleigh Martin, while rock band The Placebo Effect took second, a prize of $100. The big winner of the night, however, was Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rock the Roof managed to raise $5,557.21 just the night of, and is still raking in dough from t-shirt sales and donations. Considering over 400 tickets were sold, and the event was popular enough to justify its move to a larger venue, it’s safe to say it was a success.

After such a successful turnout, Rock the Roof is expected to return again next year, hopefully going even bigger than before. While it is always a good time to meet up with friends, grab a few drinks, and hear some good music, the core purpose of the event is and always will be Philanthropy. Putting in a ton of work, and putting fraternity aside to do a good for the community. While we have a fun time, there is someone out there who truly benefits, and that is an incredible thing.

Sleepwalking

Last week apparently I was sleeping walking, and i’m not sure if I should be worried or not.

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I live in a shotgun house where the front door is in my roommates bedroom, and my room is the backdoor. I really don’t remember any of it but I must have dressed myself (when I went to bed I was in pajamas), grabbed my laptop, went through her room, unlocked the front door bolt lock, went and stood in the front yard leaving the front door open, and then walked inside to my roommate waking me up.

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Should I be worried? I have past history of sleep walking when I was a child. Doing the same things, trying to walk out the front door. The most recent time I slept walked was last Spring, but that was due to heavy drinking.

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The bad thing is that I live next to the interstate and could potentially walk into on coming traffic, or do something else insane.

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I have researched sleepwalking an apparently it has to do with sleep deprivation or some type of anxiety in your life. Both of which describe my life perfectly. Does anyone else experience this problem? Or have a funny story?

10 Memes That Perfectly Describe My Sernioritis

  1. The procrastination struggle is real. Can now type a 2 page paper in an hour without reading the article.

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2. I have never felt more lazy yet busy in my entire life.

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3. A 10 page paper due tomorrow morning at 9am you say?

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Or lie in bed until you have no time to shower and make it to class on time.

4. Professor: You should join our club and i’ll give extra credit

Me:

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Just want to get out of here as fast as possible.

5. Check Facebook every 10 minutes while I study/ sit in class/ try to concentrate on a paper.

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Who am I kidding? There is no concentration.

6. All I want to do is nap, my university needs a safe place for a nap.

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7. How I look in every class this semester.

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8. But then again there is that constant fear of what to do after graduation.

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9. And looking through my agenda and finding out I didn’t write down any of my due dates.

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Turns out I didn’t write anything at all in my agenda this semester.

10. When I realize after I graduate I have to start paying back my student loans.

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Only 6 months until I start looking this sad.

Get Out

Last night I went to see the new horror film, Get Out, for $5 movie Tuesday. Not only am I impressed with the fact that I can drink a beer in a reclining chair at the movies now, but this is probably the best horror film I have seen in a few years.

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This film defied all of the rules to horror movies that Scream demonstrated, such as the black guy being the main character and living until the end (spoiler alert). Not to mention it is challenging some of the biggest problems happening in our country today: systematic racism and interracial couples. Kind of a big fuck you to people who believe we live in a post racial society and like to ignore their white privilege.

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Although, there were some downfalls to the film in my opinion such as it being labeled a horror film when it should have been labeled suspense. It wasn’t scary, there wasn’t enough blood, and it should have had more intense murder scenes, but again I am a huge horror film fan. getout

Another great thing about the film was how much it made me laugh, I would definitely consider it a dark comedy as well. Definitely deserved a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, I would recommend this movie to anyone.

 

5 Reasons Why The Office is Better than Parks and Rec

  1. Leslie Nope is Annoyinggiphy

I apologize to anyone who looks up to her as a role model but she is way too happy, no one is that happy. She is a very strong woman and I support her in that aspect but could never been in the same room for more than 10 minutes.

2. Michael Scott cares about his job more than anything, but he is completely terrible at it. Compared to Leslie who is really annoying about her job. I think Michael brings more humor towards an everyday average job.

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3. Nothing can compare to Dwight Schrute’s character

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No character in Parks and Rec is on the same level of Dwight. He is witty, weird, and wacky.

4. The openings of The Office are always incredible

The fire drill opening of The Office will forever be my favorite opening in any TV show ever. I think the 2,000,000 Youtube views would agree with me.

5. Jim and Pam’s relationship > Leslie and Ben’s

The buildup to Jim and Pam getting together kept me engaged. Leslie and Ben’s was annoying and stupid. Do I really have to explain myself?

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Jim and Pam’s wedding episode actually made me cry, even though I hate to admit it.

 

I’m sure I will completely be scrutinized for this post like I was on Facebook.

The Cure Lounge

Last weekend I took my first visit to The Cure Lounge for emo night. What I expected was a bunch of whiny high schoolers that still shopped at Hot Topic, what actually happened was pleasing.

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Usually I would expect a bunch of emotional teenagers at this type of event but it turned out being people my age enjoying the nostalgic emo hits of the late 90’s and 2000. Not to mention how huge this bar is compared to the looks outside, and a full stage in the back. They even had vendors selling art, jewelry, ect.

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On the full stage was Louisville’s own local freak show. Lots of burlesque, drag, and people stapling things to their chest. Definitely something I have never been exposed too but very entertaining. Not only was it spacious on the inside but the outside patio could hold many people during the summertime and provides a great mural to look at.

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But I haven’t told you the best thing yet, NEW WAVE BURRITOS is served through their kitchen. http://newwaveburritos.com. If you have never tried New Wave, please do. They deliver, that is probably my selling point and because their burritos are pretty addicting. In all I give The Cure 4 stars, will definitely be returning.

 

Enjoy one of my favorite annoying emo songs of my childhood.

 

How IPAS have slowly become my favorite…..

Back about 6 months ago I would never touch an IPA, I would actually make sneer remarks that people who enjoy IPAS are just hipsters. My roommate still refers to them as, “cat piss.” Little did I know that I would eventually become one of those idiots drinking cat piss. It all started with Three Floyd’s Gumballhead.

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Gumballhead is not an IPA at all, but it has an IBU (International Bitterness Unit) of 35. And from there it was history

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I soon started trying IPAS a different bars and acquired a taste for the bitterness. If you asked me what my favorite beer was 8 months ago I would have said a Hefeweizen, which is a German sweet wheat style breakfast beer. If I drink one now it is way too sweet.

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I would compare my love for IPAS to how my coffee addiction started. As a young child I could never understand why my mom drank coffee because it was so bitter. As I grew older I started to drink it more and more, and now I can’t even smell coffee without my mouth watering.

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Anyways, I learned that I am a judgmental person for dissing IPAS. If you haven’t at least tried one, please do. Don’t get me wrong, all beer is good, just don’t knock it until you try it.

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