EDM event strives to bring students together through music

Just in time for Halloween, Baldwin Wallace’s Power of Musical Connections (POMC) plans to bring the Berea community together by introducing a new subject to campus: electronic dance music.

On Oct. 26, the group will be hosting “Raveyard,” an EDM event in the Student Activities Center from 8 to 10 p.m. that will feature three music artists that are representative of the area.

Aside from the main acts, the posters seen around campus promise “a Halloween costume contest, live art, and entertainment.”

POMC strongly encourages attendees to come dressed up.

POMC is a relatively new group, beginning only two years ago.

Chad Castilla, founder and executive director of POMC, said that the organization strives to create a variety of one-time experiences that connect students and the community as a whole.

“It’s kind of like doing a science experiment,” said Castilla. “You create a cultural idea for a second, and everyone comes together and expresses that together, and then you move on.”

According to Castilla, this project has been a long time in the making. The group began planning a Halloween-themed event in the second or third week of Fall semester, and throughout the process, this event morphed into what is now to be the “Raveyard.”

The availability of artists and the club’s financial standings were large factors in shaping the concert, said Castilla.

“It just kind of tumbled into our hands,” said Casey Corritore, POMC’s artistic director.

The artists performing for the night include opener KING, who is an on-campus musician, Cleveland-based Shagoki, and GVNR, the headliner. Though each artist identifies with the genre of EDM, Castilla said they all have something different to bring to the table. The group felt it was particularly important to include artists from various aspects of the community, as it aligns with their mission.

“For those who love EDM, it’s going to be the experience they want,” said Castilla. “For those who don’t know EDM, I think this is going to be a really great introduction into exploring other genres or exploring the idea of, ‘I can pay for a concert, but I don’t have to know exactly what I’m getting into.’’

Their goal is to bring together different forms of art that affects every sense. Alongside the music, the group is bringing a visual element to the show by having professional lighting and by implementing a performance by the Baldwin Wallace Circus Club, who is one of POMC’s partners in the event.

The organization chose to partner with both Circus Club and BW Allies for the concert, as they wanted to further push the connection to the university’s community while allowing people to be their truest selves, said Castilla. Corritore also said that she has been contacting visual artists in the hopes that someone will create a work of art during the concert; this piece of art would be the prize of the costume contest.

Initially, Corritore had a different idea: a “HalloQueen” concert, featuring a Queen tribute band. This concept came from the successful release of the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

However, they had trouble finding both the financial opportunity and the band itself that would be necessary to make this a reality. This concert was originally the event they had booked, but they were able to successfully transform it into what will be the “Raveyard.”

“The part that I’m most excited about is greeting people and inviting them into our space,” said Corritore. “I’m excited to see all of the diversity that will be there, and people who are a little apprehensive and just checking it out.”

Tickets are available through the Baldwin Wallace website under “Events,” at a table in Strosacker Hall during lunch on the days leading up to the show, and at the door on Saturday.

The show is $5 for BW students and $10 to the public. Both cash and Jacket Express cards are accepted.