“Sepo-mania? What’s that?” This is the question I often hear from friends and strangers when WRMC’s spring concert-fest rolls around every year. To be fair, Sepomana is a really confusing word to read, spell, and pronounce. Can you imagine if WRMC booked Menomena for Sepomana? Chaos would ensue. For future reference, it’s pronounced Sepom-uh-nuh, but you can call it SEPOM for short. In an effort to provide some context for the upcoming event this Saturday, here’s a little history courtesy of a 2006 letter from WRMC alum Pauls Toutonghi ’98 originally published in The Middlebury Campus:
“We came up with the word “sepomana” in a Monday-afternoon meeting in February of 1997. My friend, Jeremy Dean, was the one who coined the phrase. We’d been brainstorming – trying to name WRMC’s new concert series. After about fifteen minutes of rejected ideas, Jeremy suddenly turned to everyone and said: “Sepomana.” It was a little serendipitous. So, “sepomana” is WRMC’s word. We made it. we are wordsmiths. Rock n’ roll.
The intention with Sepomana was simple: A May concert that would provide an alternative to the annual MCAB major-label love-fest. I mean, how many times can you sit in the Field House and listen to Wyclef Jean?”
Yes, back in 2005 Wyclef Jean performed at MCAB’s spring concert. Though T-Pain was certainly the talk of the town this spring, his performance offered less relevance and more nostalgia, as Arnav Adhikari ’16 pointed out in his recent review of the show for The Campus. In the spirit of college radio and WRMC tradition, this year’s Sepomana lineup shines a light on lesser known acts of varying genres and backgrounds poised to collectively unleash the massive bass drop of energy our campus needs going into exam period.
If you’re unfamiliar with the artists performing at the 19th Annual Sepomana, check out Charlie Dulik ‘17.5’s show preview in The Campus and the individual artist spotlights and playlists currently featured on WRMC’s website:
LUNICE – electronic/trap producer/DJ and one half of the formidable Montreal trap duo TNGHT.
RATKING – explosive, punk-influenced experimental New York hip-hop trio
YONATAN GAT – freewheeling psychedelic rock, formerly of the legendary Tel Aviv based Monotonix
IRON EYES CODY – Middlebury’s favorite foot-stomping folk rockers
So come one, come all to Sepomana 2015. There will be brand new, limited edition WRMC t-shirts available for sale inside the Wilson venue starting at 9:30 when Iron Eyes Cody hits the stage. Follow WRMC on Instagram for a merch sneak peak later today and get your tickets at the box office using the GO/SEPOMTIX link.
What: WRMC Presents: Sepomana 2015
When: Saturday May 2 • 9:30 PM
Where: Wilson Social Space
Cost: $5 in advance // $8 at the door