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B1 Block Party features Guster, Mayer Hawthorne

CAITLYN KALSCHEUR | Monday, August 30, 2010

With a lineup of star acts and the volume cranked all the way up, it was difficult to be on campus Saturday night and not know the B1 Block Party was happening.


The B1 Block Party, Legends Night Club’s annual open-air event, kicked off the first weekend of the school year.


Live music played throughout the night, with local acts Nick Gunty and Identity Crisis opening the stage for Mayer Hawthorne and the headlining act, Guster.  


“There was a fun concert feel during Guster,” sophomore Emily Golden said.


Guster’s set lasted over an hour and concluded with a standard encore and what Guster lead singer Ryan Miller called “a real encore” where the clapping and cheering of students actually brought the band out for a few more songs.


 “I’ve never heard their music before, but Guster sounded really good, and they were high-energy and fun to watch” sophomore Ben Galloway said.


Legends also brought in a Velcro wall, Euro Bungy, a photo booth, Cash Cube and rock-climbing wall for students to enjoy during the event. A Notre Dame tailgating staple, Corn Hole was set up for a little friendly competition.


“I don’t remember there being as many other activities besides just the concert last year, so this year’s Block Party was definitely more fun,” sophomore Stefan Hogle said. “The Euro Bungy was really fun and really tiring.”


ND Concessions, Chick-Fil-A, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches were available all night. Chick-Fil-A brought along their cow mascot who was spotted dancing around to the night’s musical acts.


After Guster concluded, Notre Dame’s DJ 3J and DJ Whoo Kid of G-Unit Records lit up the turntables and gave a nightclub that lasted until 4 a.m.