Students Choose Between Rowdytown II and Homecoming

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Audri Bobo

Seniors pose for a photograph at Rowdytown II at Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 29th, 2013. Rowdytown II was on the same night as the Homecoming dance at Monarch High School.

Ellie Oliver, Staff Reporter

Seniors in particular choose Big Gigantic headlined concert over Homecoming.

Bright lights and loud music combined with the shouts of teenagers dancing and jumping up and down. They both sound the same don’t they? But why did students pick one over the other?

Rowdytown II came to Colorado at Red Rocks and wowed the audience with an electric-feel all night. The concert featured Big Gigantic, Carnage, Adventure Club and Manic Focus.

Senior Michael Calo reflects on how incredible he thought Rowdytown II was. “I knew going into it that it was going to be a throw down at Rowdytown. But honestly I was left speechless. It was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, if not the best.” Calo was even more excited about the night because he knew the producers and DJs in the lineup.

“My favorite part of the night was when Big Gigantic played two encore sets. Definitely a great way to end the night,” said Calo.

Senior Bryce Slavick had nothing but good things to say about his experience as well. “Rowdytown was exactly what I expected: A killer show with people I love.” Slavick had purchased his ticket last March and when he found out Homecoming fell upon the same night, he stuck with his prior plans.

“I’ve seen Big Gigantic multiple times so the best thing for me was seeing Carnage drop songs from his Bang EP.” Slavick adds that this was a must for any Colorado dance music lover. There was nothing but positive comments from an exciting night at Red Rocks.

On the other side of the spectrum, many people dressed up and attended Homecoming on Saturday, September 28th.

“I just like to support Monarch events and it was a really fun time. I got to go with my friends,” said senior Elizabeth Myra when asked why she chose Homecoming over Rowdy Town. With the music blaring on the dance floor, Myra had no hesitation when asked if Homecoming’s music was just as good as Rowdy Town’s. “Definitely with Ted being the DJ.” Senior Ted Hagens is going on just over a year of being the Monarch DJ with his partner Henry.

“Setup usually takes multiple hours and something always breaks or goes wrong, but being ‘on stage’ and in the limelight is really fun,” said Hagens. All Hagens had to do was ask previous head boy, Parker Bilecky, if they could try out their beats. Ever since then, people only wanted more. “We ended up doing the first half [of Club Mo] and went on to do several more that year,” said Hagens.

Senior Mark Strong input why he chose the dance. “Homecoming was something I was aware of and it sounded like fun.” Being a senior, Strong didn’t want to miss Homecoming for his last high school year. “[The best part] was giving [my date] her corsage.”