ITP and The Beast perform at Haw River Ballroom
On Friday, February 26, Durham Academy’s In The Pocket put on another show, this time in collaboration with a local band called The Beast at the Haw River Ballroom.
The Beast is an alternative group that mixes jazz and hip-hop, which, paired with ITP, created a whole new and different atmosphere. Junior Ellie Dusek, one of four female vocalists in ITP, said, “[The show was] exhilarating. I felt scared and not ready to perform with [The Beast] at first because they are a professional band, but they were so supportive and easy to work with. Everything came together in the show, which was the best feeling ever.”
This feeling of successful collaboration was shared. Bassist Evan Ballew said, “The crowd was great! I am so glad that so many people made the drive out to Saxapahaw!”
Audience members enjoyed both ITP and The Beast, in collaboration and separately.
“When The Beast took the stage in the second half, they provided some really cool and different music that I’m glad I had the opportunity to hear,” said senior Eric Holmes, who attended the concert.
However, the audience members weren’t the only ones to enjoy The Beast’s performance. “Collaborating with The Beast was a great experience because it was good to see how a professional band operates behind the scenes,” said ITP guitarist Scott Hallyburton. This show was not only incredibly entertaining, but it was also a learning experience for the members of ITP.
In The Pocket’s performance itself was “a great show,” as Hallyburton put it. “Our drummers, Sam and Tad, played really well that night and kept us together,” he said.
Ballew was slightly less pleased with the night’s performance, but is optimistic for future shows. “[We’ve] got work to do in terms of refining the work before the spring show,” he admitted.
Said show is scheduled for April 15 in Kenan Auditorium. Although The Beast will not be there, ITP will deliver!