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Themed nights at Legends result in mixed opinions

Teresa Fralish | Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Students heading to Legends this weekend expecting to hear their favorite radio songs may find a surprise they didn’t expect.

Over the past two weeks, managers and DJs at Legends have instituted a schedule of theme nights that involves playing a certain type of music on “heavy rotation” for one night, said Jonathan Jorissen, program manager for Legends.

According to Jorissen, Legends will play Top 40 music on Thursday nights, hip-hop on Fridays and salsa or reggae on Saturdays.

However, some students are upset the nightclub will mostly play songs that they may not have ever heard before.

Anthony Albert said he disliked the sudden changes in music styles, as when DJs insert a block of songs of a different genre than the one being played on a given night.

“[The Latin music] killed my dancing mood,” said Anthony Albert. “You have to completely change your dance style.

Other students said that the nightclub might see a drop in attendance if students choose other weekend dance options besides Legends.

“With [the theme nights] I don’t think they can compete with off-campus parties or clubs,” said Katie Hunter. “Legends needs to establish itself as a good nightclub first.”

However, Jorissen said he feels the theme nights have been well received by students and would not hurt Legends’ popularity.

“I don’t think [the theme nights] will affect [attendance] all that much. I think our students are open to different things,” he said.

But if students express dislike with the new theme nights, Jorissen said he would consider changes to the programming schedule.

Although Legends played mainly hip-hop music for the first two weeks after it opened, Jorissen said Legends managers had discussed the idea of theme nights several months before the nightclub debuted.

Jorissen said that while DJs would play a majority of a night’s songs from the designated theme, they would still take some requests for any type of music from students.

“They base what they play on what the crowd’s reacting to,” he said.

McAlpine said the idea of theme nights might be a possibility and suggested that they should be held on weeknights instead of the heavily attended Friday and Saturday nights.