By Rohan Mattu
The College of New Jersey, commonly known as TCNJ, held a free concert in Decker Hall on Tuesday night; hosted by the College Union Board, the show included the bands Rhea, Peaer, and Turnover.
TCNJ is known for having shows that cater to the strong alternative scene on their campus and in the surrounding area, thanks to CUB Alt, a branch of the College Union Board dedicated to bringing in Alternative and Indie genre musicians to play at their school, usually free to attend.
The band Rhea is a locally known, self described “bedroom pop” band from New Jersey. They opened up the show with three dynamic, dreamy songs. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist mentioned between songs that this was the biggest show her band had played by far, an audience of about 250.
Peaer followed with five more tunes. Peter Katz, head of the band, acknowledged the honor he took in opening for Turnover, a band from Virginia Beach with millions of listens on each of their songs on Spotify.
Finally, Turnover performed a full set of 10 songs from their latest album, “Peripheral Vision,” a mellow, dulcet collection centered on thinking about the past. Complementing the dreamy music from the bands were colored LED lights flooding the stage, painting the performers red, blue, and purple.
Though the shows are intended to be mainly for TCNJ students and the surrounding area, some travel quite far for the chance to see such a popular band for free. Pocholo Itona, a student from Towson University, traveled over two hours from Baltimore with three friends for the show.
“It’s Tuesday, I have an 8 a.m. class in the morning, and I traveled really far,” Itona said, “but I think it’s worth it to see a band that I’d have to pay over twenty dollars to see anywhere else.”
TCNJ student Alexa Bonoma spoke about the pleasure of having shows that suited her and her friends taste being so easily accessible.
“Because of CUB Alt I can go to shows that play music that I actually like, and not what you hear on the radio,” Bonoma said. “I not only get to see the bands I listen to every day, but it’s on campus, and it’s free.”