Campus Consciousness Tour Makes an Impact With Music
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 18:11
On November 8, the Campus Consciousness Tour, part music tour and part environmental and social consciousness campaign, will be stopping in Washington, D.C., but unfortunately will not visit Georgetown. Due to a lack of performance space on campus, the tour is instead headed to American University’s Bender Arena. However, tickets are open to non-AU students and still on sale.
The tour brings together music and activism in a non-traditional way by visiting college campuses all across the nation and installing an eco-village during the day of the show. Within the village, there are a variety of activities and presentations that deal with environmental issues as well as contests that students can enter.
The biggest of all the contests that Reverb is offering during the tour is the Campus Consciousness Challenge, which asks all undergrad students to come up with the a green idea and submit it, whether in person or online. Any and all undergrads are welcome to apply, whether the tour is visiting their campus or not, and they can do so at campusconsciousness.org. The prize for best pitch is a $10,000 grant, so it’s definitely worth looking into.
This year, the tour is being headlined by Grouplove with supporting acts by The Knocks and Saints of Valory. Hannah Hooper, the front woman of Grouplove, as well as Gavin Jasper, the front man of Saints of Valory discussed the tour.
Hooper is the resident artist of Grouplove, having designed album artwork, stage backdrops, costumes and merchandise for the group in the past. For this tour, she is able to interact with the fans of the band in a whole new way, rather than spending all her time “on stage rocking out,” within the eco-village by creating a mural with them.
“It’s a really cool way to incorporate all of these environmental things and to talk to all these people, to get aware of what’s happening on campus,” Hooper said. Not only has she been inspired artistically on the tour by the fan murals, but it has also seeped into her personal artistic passions.
“This tour has reminded me how much I really love to paint and how I’d like to paint a real mural,” Hooper said. “It would be awesome to find a wall, whether it’s in a neighborhood, college dorm, or a hospital wing.”
As an artist, Hooper is incredibly involved in all things involving art, but she’s also extremely passionate about the activism side of the tour too. Through the tour, she’s hoping to inspire people to make changes in their lives, no matter the size. By spending so much time on college campuses on this tour, she has been able to gain a better perspective about positive changes colleges can make as well.
“There are so many campuses rebuilding or changing their campus and I think that’s such a great opportunity for them to move to solar,” Hooper said. “If you have the opportunity to do something new, why not try something different and come up with something that will save you lots of money in the long run, like a solar powered dorm?”
Jasper and his band, Saints of Valory, open for Grouplove and are interested in putting on the best possible show for their fans. Jasper believes that the activism and the music go hand in hand. He says that the one thing that makes this tour stand out from all the rest is its energy.
“It’s a higher level of energy than a normal show because they’re there to have a party, have a good time. And then there’s all the activism we’re doing which is also really awesome,” Jasper said.
The Campus Consciousness Tour isn’t like any other tour thanks to its creative combination of environmental and social issues and music. As Hooper stated, the tour is looking to make the most difference it can whether it be through the huge grant it gives or through inspiring students to make little changes in their everyday lives. This Friday you can catch both of these bands plus The Knocks and the Eco-Village at American University’s Bender Arena.