HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Tech plans to give their audience a unique experience this weekend at the Rosza Center. Seating is up close and personal, with audience members getting to sit on stage while the bands play. It's a throwback to the genre's roots.
"We make it basically a jazz club, so it has that jazz club feel, it has this kind of smoky vibe with low lights, there's tables, popcorn and drinks. It makes it feel more like a Jazz Club atmosphere than sitting in a concert hall, listening and being quiet," said Adam Meckler, Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan Tech.
The concert features four combos playing a variety of music, including classic jazz standards and jazz renditions of popular modern music.
"It feels very natural for jazz musicians to take that music and turn it into some kind of instrumental vehicle and put it in the jazz tradition. That's something throughout the history of Jazz that we've always done, is take music from outside the genre and bring it in to give it a jazz treatment," added Meckler.
The student musicians really enjoy the change in atmosphere.
"It's a lot closer feeling, and I actually really prefer this smaller venue style that we have going on, and the nice loosely felt atmosphere that we construct on the Rosza stage," said Grayson Dunham, a Jazz Studies student at Michigan Tech.
Concert organizers believe that this event gives the audience a broader perspective.
"There's so much in jazz music and because we've got four groups doing so many different styles, it's highly likely that whoever comes is going to find something that they're like 'oh actually, I like that,'" said Meckler.
The concerts take place both Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:30 p.m. and you can purchase tickets here.