MSU’s Punk Rock Prom
Minnesota State hosted its first Punk Rock Prom
MANKATO, Minn. – Fishnet tights, black eye makeup, Converse shoes and multi-colored mo hawks were sported by the majority of the students who attended Punk Rock Prom Wednesday evening. The free event was held at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Ballroom.
According to MSU’s music industry website, Concert Company Committee Chairman and Impact concert producer, Brittany McDowell is in charge of all campus concerts. She produces one concert each month with Impact, the student programming board.
This month Impact teamed up with Chelsea Phillips, an MSU music industry major to bring Punk Rock Prom to MSU.
“This is the first time we have done this particular event, so we did a lot of marketing for the event on campus,” said Phillips. “We really don’t know how many students will actually show up.”
The two-hour event was warmed up with an announcer who played his turntables on stage for the first hour. Within the hour over 100 event goers strolled into the ballroom to hear the local punk cover band, The Sold Outs, who performed for the second hour.
Bass and lead vocalist, Paul Wilson joined the Soldouts in Mankato, where all three-band members are originally from, about five years ago. The Soldouts perform on weekends in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Iowa. The Soldouts cover five decades of music in the rock and pop classic genres, but personalize all of the songs they perform.
“We’re excited to play for a college crowd,” said Wilson, “we’re use to small coffee house venues.”
Punk Rock Prom included a free photo-op with a professional photographer and a prom-style background with guitars and drums. Refreshments were also available.