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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Entertainment Council presents: The Spring Quad Shows

Oak Grove Cipher: May 8
Oak & Gorski: May 15
Souterrain: May 21
Plastic Villains: May 24
Marlene Marlene: May 30Throughout May, just outside the Coffee House, West Quad will be host to a series of performers as part of Entertainment Council’s spring “Quad Show” series. Music will be in the air through much of May, as roughly every week, a new performer, including UC Davis students and alumni, will be gracing the stage.

Kicking off the series will be Oak Grove Cipher, a local rap group from Davis, on May 8.
“Oak Grove Cipher is a group who meet once a week in the courtyard of the Shields Library and freestyle over beats,” said Tim Chin, Entertainment Council assistant director. “They’re very cool and have a very chill vibe. They will also be asking members of the audience to come up and perform with them, so that should be fun.”
Following Oak Grove Cipher will be Oak and Gorski on May 15. Not to be confused with the former, Oak and Gorski are a self-described “cello rock” duo with a soulful sound that resembles something like indie with a kick.
After that, it will be Souterrain on May 21, a “lounge-folk” outfit with a soft, vocal-heavy vibe. Then it will be Plastic Villains on May 24, a rock group out of San Francisco. Lastly, Marlene Marlene will be performing on May 30.
“We have a great line-up for our upcoming quad shows,” said Danielle Burnstein, Entertainment Council production coordinator. “Many of the bands are local Davis artists, some of which are students and some of which are alumni. Quad shows are a great way to enjoy the great spring weather while listening to all different styles of music. It’s always a really fun time.”

The Entertainment Council has lassoed together a potent string of performers that is nearly impossible to ignore, as they’ve been managing to get exceptional performers to come to Davis, the likes of which include The Shins, Steve Aoki, Explosions in the Sky and others.

“A brilliant staff, motivated individuals, creative ideas, hard work, and a little bit of luck,” Chin said, explaining how the Entertainment Council has managed to create UC Davis’ entertainment scene.

On another note, who is the Entertainment Council excited to see?

“I am really excited to see Marlene Marlene because I’ve heard really good things, but I’ve never actually seen them perform,” Burnstein said.

Chin, on the other hand, was unable to single out a specific performer. “It’s hard for me to choose,” he said.

For more information, check out the Facebook events as well as the Entertainment Council’s website at ec.ucdavis.edu.

JAMES O’HARA can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.

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