Arts & Culture Editor
Want to enjoy some free, live rock music to kick off the beginning of the school year? As part of this fall’s Marauder Malooza, the Office of the Visual Performing Arts and the Cultural Affairs Committee will present the second annual Rock the Dock concert, which will bring together local and international bands to perform at an outdoor concert on the loading dock of the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 13, starting at 4 p.m. This year’s Rock the Dock line up is made up of Crisscross Albatross, Morse Coda, Nocturnal Jocks, Astronauts Really Fly, and Red Baraat.
Two of the bands set to perform are made up of Millersville University students and alums. Crisscross Albatross was formed in 2012 by Millersville students Aaron Rodden on lead vocals and guitar, Collin Brough on bass guitar, and Luke Helker on drums and percussion. Describing their music as “indie rock with some elements of jazz, punk, and surf rock”, the band has performed in several gigs in Lancaster City, including last spring’s LAUNCH Music Festival, and Millersville’s Halloween concert, Killersville. When asked about their plans for Rock the Dock, Helker stated, “Red Baraat is the only group on the bill that we haven’t seen so we’re excited to see what they bring to event, but we also have a surprise in store for the audience.” The guys at Crisscross Albatross are also currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, which will be released later this fall, and have a few shows set following the release of their album.
Morse Coda is another band comprised of mostly Millersville University alums and is made up of Mike Stipes on vocals and guitar, Ryan Nicolls on guitar, Liam Tinney on bass, and Brian Doherty on drums. “I used to be President of Marauder Music Productions and so I still have some friends in the program. They asked us to play and we were all in!” explained Stipes. Morse Coda are frequent guests of clubs and gigs in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York City. Since 2012, they have gained a reputation for their explosive, dynamic sound, raw lyrics, and their energetic, ever-commanding stage presence. We’re excited to see people’s faces when they see/hear us play,” said Stipes. “They are definitely not going to know what hit ‘em.” Morse Coda recently finished their new record and will be playing some of their new music at Rock the Dock.
Hailing from the Philadelphia area are the Nocturnal Jocks, also known as Noc Jox. With an experimental, eclectic, blues rock sound that has been described as “if Elvis Costello was in a ‘90s band” by their fans, the Nocturnal Jocks are made up of Kevin Fulmer on lead vocals and guitar, James Ashforth on vocals and guitar, Drew Drevyanko on vocals and bass, and Steve Mea on drums. They have performed at numerous venues in the Philly area including Milkboy, The Fire, The Grape Room, and even the set of “Full House”, but are looking forward to performing at Rock the Dock. “We can’t wait to play such a cool event in front of a large audience, and we also like how ‘Noc Jox Rock the Dock’ sounds,” said Ashforth.
Philadelphia’s own Astronauts Really Fly will also be at Rock the Dock and promises to bring their unique, groundbreaking blend of pop, punk rock and hip-hop music to the Winter Center’s loading dock. Started by hip-hop artist Mont Brown in 2009, his vision was to create a group that stretched music boundaries. Helping to complete his vision was producer, keyboardist, back-up vocalist Pace-O Beats, lead vocalist, guitarist and producer Andrew Meoray, drummer Joey Stix, DJ Mike Lowry, and saxophonist Art Crichlow III.
Last but not least is Red Baraat, a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York, that blends North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of go-go, brass funk, hip-hop and New Orleans jazz. With this universal, multi-ethnic approach to music, their concerts have drawn crowds all over the world, from Australia and Europe to the United States. With the band’s MC Sunny Jain on the dhol, Rohin Khemani on percussion, Thomas Fujiwara on drumset, Mike Bomwell on soprano saxophone, Sonny Singh on vocals and trumpet, MiWi La Lupa on vocals and bass trumpet, Ernest Stuart on trombone and John Altieri on sousaphone, Red Baraat will bring an entirely different style of music to not just the concert-goers, but to Millersville as a whole.
Rock the Dock is free and will take place at the loading docks of the Winter Center on Saturday, September 13, 4-8 p.m. Email email@example.com for more information.