Sick tunes: norovirus inspires impromptu concert on the quad

Christina Shaman

Music doesn’t stop for the norovirus.

The student band Cosmography, formed at Lafayette College, will be playing a live concert on the quad Thursday at 1 p.m. as an impromptu response to the cancellation of classes.

“Fuck the norovirus, let’s play music,” trumpet player Ryan Dupuis ‘16 said.

The band, whose music has a jazz aesthetic but has influences from funk, contemporary funk, R&B, rock and electronic, was planning on playing a concert with college radio station WJRH this Saturday. But that concert was cancelled after President Alison Byerly announced that all student activities would be suspended until Monday.

“The fact that all of the events were being cancelled was a bummer,” said Renan Dincer ‘16, former general manager of WJRH. So, the station decided to host the band’s concert despite not having approval from administrative sources.

Dincer said that “historically, radio stations have always been anti-establishment” and this impromptu event is representative of that.

Johnny Gossick ‘18, who plays keyboard for the band, said that the group has been looking to hold impromptu concerts for a while now.

“There aren’t many venues for this type of music, so you kind of have to create your own opportunities,” he said.

Dupuis, who plays trumpet for the band, said he believed now was a good a time as any to have the concert. Dupuis was supposed to miss the concert on Saturday to attend a conference in San Diego, but now he has the opportunity to play with the rest of the band on Thursday.

“Enough people are going to be here and are going to have nothing to do,” he said, “so we figured we might as well.”

The band will also be performing on Tuesday at a reception in William’s Center Lobby following an artist’s talk by Judy Pfaff.