GRAMMY Camp – SoundCheck with Vampire Weekend

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On March 25, 2010, The GRAMMY Foundation and the Chicago Chapter hosted GRAMMY SoundChecks with Vampire Weekend at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Excited students lined-up at the front entrance anxiously awaiting the opportunity to meet the band and ask their questions. The students were escorted into the venue and began the afternoon with the tour manager, Brian Cross. Brian gave the students a short history of how he became a tour manager and what his day to day tasks involved. He touched not only on the path he took to get where he is, but also on the path he would take if he had it to do all over again.
 
As Brian finished up his Q&A session with the students, the anticipation began to build as Vampire Weekend could be heard tuning their instruments. Brian then led the students into the main room where the band was already onstage and sound checking. Vampire Weekend (comprised of Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson) were just as anxious for the students to arrive. Once the students were at the front of the stage the band went right into the hit “A-Punk” from their debut album, Vampire Weekend. They followed that with the first single, “Cousins,” off their second album Contra.
 
After the sound check, the band sat at the front of the stage creating an intimate environment for students to dive into questions. They were very candid about everything from touring to recording their second album. They even went into details about their journey from playing in the college dorms to having their album debut at #1 on the Billboard album charts. The band ended the SoundCheck with a group photo with everyone in attendance.

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Kevin Burke

Attended GRAMMY Camp New York 2011, 2012; GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team 2012

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