For the Weekend: BC bOp! Promises A Swinging Saturday Night

Saturday night at 8pm, BC bOp!, Boston College’s vocal and instrumental jazz band, will take the stage in Robsham Theater with a repertoire chock full of playful, swinging tunes.

Many college students view jazz as a boring genre of music, mostly relegated to coffee shops and elevators. This is a common misconception of jazz music, which can be lively and enticing. As BC bOp! vibraphonist Christian Wilson, A&S ’18, puts it, “bOp! shows are anything but [boring].”

Students who have more of a taste for pop music can look forward to hearing bOp!’s rendition of Meghan Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass,” which the group has wittily renamed “All About That (Upright) Bass.” As if the original was not catchy enough, audience members will be dancing in their seats to this playful remix.

The 40-person group, comprised of a full big band and a co-ed vocal group, has a huge sound and dynamic presence. BC bOp!’s fusion of the two elements deviates from the traditional segregation of instrumental and vocal jazz groups, a choice which results in a one-of-a-kind sound.

“We rehearse a lot of music and everyone is committed to making sure each piece is played as well as it possibly can be,” says Wilson.

BC bOp!’s perfectionism does not go unappreciated. Their energetic and polished performances draw huge crowds, typically selling out Robsham Theater and filling the Vanderslice Cabaret Room to the brim.

And as if their energy, unique sound and immense popularity were not enough to entice, Wilson promises that “bOp! will totally redefine the way most students think of jazz.” Kick boring elevator jazz to the curb, and let the lively sounds of BC bOp! jazz up your Saturday night.

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