Lady Danville rocks the seniors-only concert

On Oct. 25, the AHS Class of 2011 was treated to a seniors-only concert. Many upperclassmen took advantage of the free concert and showed their support by sporting homemade t-shirts with Lady Danville’s name on them.

They all waited anxiously for the musicians to arrive and the sudden arrival of Lady Danville was marked by loud cheers. Lady Danville, an up-and-coming indie pop music band, is made up of Michael Garner, Matt Frankel and Dan Chang. The three musicians entered the stage and some seniors gave them a warm welcome to our school. The band started out with three songs and once they got more comfortable with the audience, they loosened up and many seniors kept rhythm with their feet and tapped to music.
They decided to share the story behind the song “Sophie Roux” with the audience. Chang was in a bar in Marcel, France, and saw a “very attractive” girl, whose name was later discovered to be Sophie Roux.

“I totally fell in love,” he said. As a result, he wrote a love song named after this girl.

The mood that filled up the auditorium was very playful and fresh, as the performers played “Sophie Roux” and proceeded to interact with many students between almost every song.

The crowd seemed very enthusiastic and at one point, a senior started to clap the rhythm of the song. There were many rounds of laughs when they conversed with the audience.

The band gave credit to Class of 2011 President Emma Barker for arranging the concert and graciously accepted the gift basket presented to them on behalf of AHS. Even staff members took the opportunity to listen to a live band play at AHS. Assistant Principal Aaron Schneider took pictures with the three musicians and watched the whole performance with the seniors.

“[The band] was very good,” said senior Haseena Ali. “I did hear of them before, but now I like them even more.”

After their last song, many audience members seated in the front rows gave them a standing ovation. They had a fun time with the crowd, as they agreed to let many fans take pictures with them and joked around them as well.

“[The concert] was amazing,” said senior Christina Phan. “I watched them a couple of times on YouTube, but didn’t expect them to be this good.”

At the end of the concert the band were very friendly and playful with the seniors. They took many pictures with the students, signed CD covers and even wore AHS shirts to show their support.

Lady Danville was very authentic and real. At the end, Daniel Chang said that he wished he went to high school here at AHS. They had greatly appreciated the coverage for their performance by the newspaper staff and their upperclassmen audience really enjoyed this show.