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Reverend Yolanda Norton reciting a prayer during the event Beyonce Mass at Centennial Hall on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Beyonce Mass celebrates the Black experience

Anh Bui April 20, 2022

On April 13, 2022, Augustana College welcomed “Beyoncé Mass,” a womanist Christian worship service that celebrates the lives, beauty, culture, spirituality and experiences of Black women, according...

The Grammys are a terrible attempt to objectively judge subjectivity

The Grammys are a terrible attempt to objectively judge subjectivity

Kyle King April 16, 2022

With the 2022 Grammy Awards finally behind us after it was initially postponed in January due to concerns with the COVID-19 Omicron variant, it is the time of year for people to evaluate whether the Grammys...

Sophomore John Flannery playing piano at the Denkmann Building on Friday, Nov 5, 2021.

Augie pianist plays his way through the semester

Charlie Roiland and Hannah Knuth November 13, 2021

John Flannery, Augustana sophomore and gifted pianist sits next to me at the brew. His bags have been thrown on the floor and chairs, prepared to go to his next event after just coming from his sophomore...

OBScast – The Augustana Observer Podcast – Music and WAUG with Nathan Wylie – Vol 2 Ep 2

Chris Ray November 9, 2021

We sit down with WAUG member Nathan Wylie and discuss campus radio and his involvement in band. We also discuss the importance of music and it being a lifelong outlet. You can go to to access their...

White Tornado interacts with the crowd during his exciting performance at Chill on the Hill on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Live music is back (and safer than ever)

Carly Davis October 10, 2021

Sunday afternoon, Sep. 26, found me sitting on a blanket at the Lefty Anderson pavilion waiting for a friend to join me for an outdoor concert. Augustana had tried to hold Chill on the Hill back in 2019,...

Seniors (left to right) Margaret Cannizzarro, Madeleine Rodriguez, Anna Triska and first-year Cassidy Wiltjer talk to each other while waiting to be fitted.

How concert attire unifies an ensemble

Michelle Pacheco October 10, 2021

As the world becomes a more accepting place, so do Augustana’s music groups. As a result, concert attire has been a pressing matter for these groups as they continue to look for ways to be more inclusive...

Bergendoff is in structural treble

Bergendoff is in structural treble

Giselle Barajas March 5, 2020

Augustana’s music building, Bergendoff, has surprisingly withstood the test of time. However, Bergendoff has definitely not aged well, and students have begged for a renovation for years. The Director...

The Real Group’s Emma Nilsdotter (Left), Lisa Ӧstergren (Center), and Anders Edenroth (Right) performing at Wallenberg Hall onTuesday, February 11th, 2020.

Swedish a cappella group stuns Denkmann

Collin Schopp February 20, 2020

Denkmann’s Wallenberg Hall was stuffed with students, faculty and community members alike this past Tuesday, Feb. 11. Only a few empty seats peppered the edges of the audience, and five microphones sat...

From rockstar to psychedelic popstar: Harry Styles’s “Fine Line” ends the decade in a twist

Giselle Barajas December 22, 2019

Boyband heartthrob, Harry Styles, took his fans by surprise when he released his rock-esque solo debut album in May of 2017. Now his sophomore album, “Fine Line,” grasped another risky music turn as...

Blink-182’s “Nine” disappoints listeners

Collin Schopp October 3, 2019

In the same month that late ‘90s to early 2000’s pop-punk is experiencing a rise in cultural relevance in the form of the “Hella Mega” tour — a Weezer/Green Day/Fall Out Boy line-up sponsored...

Ryan Ganson plays the ukulele on Jan. 17 in his friend’s Kevin Phoenix, TLA Room. Photo by Brady Johnson.

Ryan Ganson: An Augustana renaissance man

Brady Johnson March 14, 2019

Javelin, Spotify and endless bags of chicken breasts make up Ryan Ganson’s time at Augustana. People on campus know him as the musician, biology major and the pretty boy. Although Ganson wants to be...

Junior Stephie Benito sings as the Jazz Ensemble’s featured vocalist on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall.

Augustana Jazz Ensemble

Alia McMurray February 4, 2019

The Augustana Jazz Ensemble performs on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Centennial Hall. The theme of the evening was “Latin feel” and included music from mambos, fiesta tunes, and Portuguese bossa nova. 

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