TTU student group brings Nashville band to campus

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, March 20 2012


thumb wax_fang_splashA group of Tennessee Tech University students known as UNCLE is bringing unique Nashville sounds to campus.

The first activities of UNCLE, or Underrepresented, New, and Creative Live Experiences, was a battle of the bands between TTU groups in February. This month, UNCLE will bring one of those bands back to the stage as part of an effort to bring new music choices to TTU fans.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Wax Fang with take the stage for the group’s second concert of the semester. The winner from the battle of the bands, Soviet Space Program, will open the show.

“A lot of people don’t know Nashville has a wide variety of sounds,” said UNCLE president Austin Phy. “We’re trying to book mostly Tennessee-area bands to introduce people to that diversity.”

The concert is free and open to the public. It will be at the Backdoor Playhouse on TTU’s campus and is funded through the TTU Student Government Association’s SOLO Fund.

The group is already planning more events for this spring, including an “acoustic week,” where a different band or performer will play for a few hours every evening for a week.

The group, which has about 20 members, saw a need for smaller, independent performances in Cookeville.

“A group of us was going to Nashville all the time to see bands like Wax Fang, and we would see other Tech people at the concerts,” Phy, a sophomore communications major, said. “We realized there are other people in Cookeville who would like these kinds of performances.”