Tucked away in the Bay, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has limited opportunities for students to enjoy nightlife or local entertainment. However, “Sounds of the Sea: Monterey’s Musical Legacy” is a student-organized concert that offers students a night of fun with local artists from CSUMB and the Monterey area.
“Sounds of the Sea” will take place on Nov. 16, and will be held at Wave Street Studios, located at 774 Wave Street in Monterey. The event is free and open to the public, running from 5-9 p.m. For more information on the venue, check out @wavestreet.studios on Instagram. The show will begin with a talk show from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by performances until 9.
Event organizer, third-year Garett Hardin, said, “It’s a part of my talk show series that I’ve been running [called VettyFilms]. This is the final episode of it and the title is ‘Sounds of the Sea: Monterey’s Musical Legacy.’ [It will have] interviews, as well as a concert of local [Monterey] artists and mainly CSUMB [performers consisting] of both rappers and indie artists.”
There are many artists who will be performing at the event, some of whom are local legends who began their legacies at CSUMB. The two main CSUMB performers are Pak Joko and The Wet Possums. Others who will be performing at the event include Succor, Colton Bell, Roxy O, Akif and Bear! (plus one mystery band).
Hardin mentioned that “The Wet Possums, a very popular band last year, did a lot of events at the school and concerts. They’re going to be coming back for the first time in about a year to play.”
“Honestly, I don’t know what to expect because it’s my first time at [Wave Street Studios] and I just hope that a lot of people show up,” said Pak Joko. He adds, “I never thought I would have the opportunity to do this. When stuff like this happens, it happens so naturally; Garrett chose me for a specific reason and that’s just because of what I do.”
Many students at CSUMB find local nightlife to be lackluster. One anonymous student who took to RateMyProfessor this August says CSUMB is “relatively small, with not many things to do on the weekend.” If you resonate with this statement, this event may be something that breathes life into your night.
“It’s gonna be, hopefully, an awesome event, we’re trying to show Wave Street Studios a lot of support as well, just because they’re so underground,” offers Hardin. “We want to make [the studio] shine to be a new community center for CSUMB students.”