Slow it down
Jared Putnam to headline MSC Town Hall
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 23:10
MSC Town Hall will once again bring Coffeehouse to campus — this time unplugged in the MSC Flag Room.
After the first hour of student open mic performances, the second hour will feature an acoustic show by Jared Putnam of “The March Divide.” The show will take place from 6-8 p.m Thursday.
Brittany Kaczmarek, senior nutritional sciences major and Coffeehouse coordinator, said she is pleased to bring a new voice to Texas A&M students.
“It’ll be just [Putnam] and his guitar,” Kaczmarek said. “A very raw set, a more intimate setting, so that you can really listen to the lyrics. It’ll be just the artist and the audience.”
Kaczmarek said Putnam’s music is indie rock, which will be different from the last Coffeehouse.
“I liked his sound,” she said. “It’s not something we hear every day. He looks like he’d be fun to watch, and the kind of musician that we want to bring to the students.”
Opening for Putnam will be freshman biology major, Hunter Maples; junior university studies major, Nathan James Wells; and junior interdisciplinary studies major, Tyler Stafford.
Wells, a transfer student completing his first semester at A&M, said the timing of this Coffeehouse is perfect as it falls just before his mid-term exams.
“Music is a good remedy to stress and all kinds of things,” he said. “The best thing in the world is performing it. I’ll be interested to see the headliner — I’ve listened to some of ‘The March Divide’s’ music, and their lyrics are good.”
Putnam has traveled from his home in San Antonio to perform his music in all 50 states, across Canada and through Mexico. He said he is excited to do a Coffeehouse show with Town Hall because of the collegiate atmosphere.
“I’ve played a lot of colleges and a lot of shows at venues with a similar atmosphere,” Putnam said. “I know that some people feel that acoustic shows can be a bore, but I think I go out of my way to make sure folks are entertained.”
Putnam has put out several albums between touring with both of his bands — “The Conversation,” and now, “The March Divide” — and he said he continues to make music with as much passion as ever. The Coffeehouse audience might hear some of Putnam’s new material.
“I do write my songs and lyrics, that’s one of the reasons I’m excited about playing this Thursday,” Putnam said. “Shows like this are a great outlet for trying out new songs.”
Putnam said he would enjoy talking to students about singing, songwriting and music.
“I’d love to talk to anyone that wants to talk to me,” Putnam said. “The best advice to anyone looking at making a living in music is to always stay focused and professional. It’s a lot more work than you’d think, but don’t quit.”