The Band Across the Hall headlines Tigerpalooza


Hillary Currier

The Band Across the Hall headlines at Tigerpalooza. The Guitar 2 band played a set of five songs. Members included Dulce Vasquez, Deih Jaff, Jacquelyn Lopez and Wayne Dalton.

By Manha Mukhtar, staff writer

     Tigerpalooza, an outdoor concert for students in Guitar 1 and 2, took place on April 28.

     Mr. Steinmetz, Guitar 1, 2, and 3/4 teacher, is well known for throwing very successful guitar concerts. He started the concert year off in October with Rocktober, which was a hit for guitar bands 2 and 3/4 performing. 

     He has also experimented with letting Guitar 1 bands perform at a few concerts like the ‘Spring Fest Concert’ and just recently Tigerpalooza. It had one of the biggest audiences of supportive family members and friends. It didn’t all go as hoped though, the concert which was supposed to be held outside in the courtyard but was later moved to the commons due to rainy weather.

     It began at 6:00 and went on for about an hour and a half, opening with Guitar 1 bands and closing with the headliner The Band Across the Hall, one of the more advanced bands in Guitar 2. They played a set of five songs which were “Feel the Pain” by Dinosaur Jr., “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit, “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, and their favorite “Reptilia” by The Strokes, which they all mastered despite being nervous. 

     “I was super proud of Guitar 1 and 2 for getting up and performing, which was a big moment for them,” Steinmetz said. “[I was] especially proud of The Band Across the Hall for performing as the headliner and playing an amazing and exciting set.”

     It was the first time the band had ever headlined.

     “I think we all felt a little uneasy just because we were like the stars and were expected to bring so much,” vocalist/guitarist Jacquelyn Lopez said.

     The band is well known for their name, which has a funny story behind it. The band consists of four members—Dulce Vasquez, Deih Jaff, Jacquelyn Lopez, Wayne Dalton, and occasionally they get a random drummer to play with them.

     When asked about their band name, Lopez explained how it was more given to them than something they picked.

     “Mr Steinmetz would always send us to the music room across the hall while everyone else practiced together as a class, and one day Connor (a classmate) said ‘you guys should name your band The Band Across the Hall because Mr Steinmetz says it so much,” Lopez explained. “And we were like ‘okay.’” 

     They’ve stuck with it since the beginning of the year with no intention of ever changing it. They’d all known each other mutually, but their friendship grew stronger once Mr. Steinmetz put them in a room together to practice. They have bonded over music and got to cover a few of their favorites together.