The Boxcar Children, an acoustic “urban folk” band of Temple students, organized and performed at a concert alongside another Philadelphia favorite, boog, on the fourth floor of a stairwell in the SAC a few hours before the hip hop homecoming concert.
The Saturday show was originally planned to occur at the Russel H. Conwell Founder's Garden on Temple's campus but the weekend's rainy weather forced the musicians to improvise a new location quickly. The band alerted attendees through their Facebook page to relocate the performance to the top stairwell in the SAC.
“The location of the show was really great in haphazard kind of way because the stairwell was like this natural auditorium.” said Temple history major Alex Weigard. “The echoes reverberated all over the place.”
"The venue and the weather outside added even more poetry to what was already a beautiful event," Temple political science major Beth Cozzolino said. "Boxcar Children's synergy was remarkable, the sound was a three dimensional tapestry of melody."
The show started at 3 p.m. with an opening performance from singer-songwriter duo Conor Mcalarney and Ella Coffin. Shortly after, Kyle Simmons, better known as boog, began his set with a haunting version of Michael Jackson's “Billie Jean.”
The band's instrumentation became more elaborate as the group grew with members, adding percussionist Sacks-Wilner and harpist Vidumskay as well as violinist Andrew Yang, baritone ukelele player Justin Patrick Foley, and rhythm guitarist Christie Offenbacher.
“The size of the group gives us a really good dynamic. I feel like the violin and the harp sound like a string section of an orchestra,” percussionist Sacks-Wilner said. “With that we can mix classical music with a folk sound and I think that's what brings out the beauty of the music. The beauty of the past mixed with the beauty of the present.”
The audience seemed to agree with Sacks-Wilner's assessment of the music's "beauty."
“They really played like a folk orchestra,” said Weigard, “that gave me goosebumps.”