By Nate Barnes
Have you ever thought campus was a little too quiet? 88.5 KURE Ames Alternative, Iowa State University’s campus radio station, has started a weekly live music event. Terrace Tuesdays, held on the Memorial Union terrace, feature local artists and DJs playing live sets. These events will take place every Tuesday until October 25th, from 5-8:30 p.m. All days of the event are free and open to the public.
“Terrace Tuesdays are a great way to see some local music without having to travel off campus,” says local music enthusiast Danny Baldus.
Music isn’t the only thing Terrace Tuesdays have to offer. It is also a good place to just relax and eat some food. Local food carts will make an appearance at each of the events, including eateries like Café Beaudelaire, Macubana and Super Dog.
Terrace Tuesdays also include optional outdoor crafts, hosted by the Workspace. These crafts are different each week, and can include anything from painting to making your own custom buttons.
The events have been gaining popularity since they started last fall. “We are confident once it becomes a fixture on campus we will have a lot of people hanging out,” says KURE Events Director Patrick Cotter.
Attendance largely depends on the weather, but as the events continue into the fall, they are likely to attract more and more attention.
KURE plans to continue Terrace Tuesdays in the spring, and into the foreseeable future. To do this, however, the station needs more live performers to sign up to play on the terrace.
“We are looking for anyone who can perform live,” says Cotter. “We have had folk acts, rock acts, and DJs doing electronic dance music shows.” It does not matter what kind of music you play; if you can do it live, KURE wants you for Terrace Tuesdays. If you would like to perform at one of the events, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out other opportunities at KURE, including applications to become a DJ, at http://www.kure.stuorg.iastate.edu/get-involved/. They are always looking for new members, as they are a fully volunteer organization.
If you would like to support live music on ISU’s campus, there is no better place for it than Terrace Tuesdays. Come for the music, come for the food, or come for the crafts; Terrace Tuesdays have it all.