By Julian De Ocampo ’13
Photo by Julian De Ocampo ’13 – You Wouldn’t Believe performs Aug. 26 at Brophy’s Friday Night Lights event.
By day, John Graham Plaza seems innocuous enough; students mill around between classes, portions of the math and science department sip drinks and exchange words and the masses stream towards Michael’s for a bite to eat.
But come Friday night, the plaza can mutate into a proving ground for the would-be rock stars of the Brophy community, with lights, cameras, and a boatload of instruments hauled onto a portable stage.
The calm hum of music and insurmountable screams of the cheering crowd could be heard as my friend and I pulled into the Cricket Pavilion parking lot on June 29 to attend the highly renowned Vans Warped Tour.
This year, and in years prior, the famous Warped Tour has been known to serve multiple genres with myriad bands for 15 years.
Some very well known bands and artists performed this year, including 3OH!3, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, The All American Rejects, Sum 41 and many other just as talented bands.
As the sun went down over Tempe town lake people drizzled into the concert for the indie-rock bands.
They came by foot, car and light rail, getting there hours before the first band even got on stage.
Paired up with Sleepy Sun, the Arctic Monkeys left a rocking impression on the Marquee crowd April 15.
On Feb. 24 a group of Brophy students had the opportunity to meet and sit down with rock stars Richie Sambora and David Bryan of Bon Jovi.
Sophomore Chase Knox’s ’12 mother works for Forever Young, a charity organization started by former NFL star Steve Young.
A part of the work they do involves giving students the chance to conduct interviews at large scale events like professional sports games and concerts.
This last St. Patrick’s Day, Irish and non-Irish alike rejoiced as Flogging Molly, accompanied by three other bands in a concert denoted the “Green Seventeen,” made its way into town.
Festivity was in the air as concertgoers filed into the concert grounds in Tempe Beach Park.
Of the three supporting bands, the Keltic Cowboys were the first to take the stage, performing a handful of Irish Punk songs including a cover of one of Flogging Molly’s pieces.