UTSA Underground: Among The Long List Of Reasons of Why I Love My School

by Austin Donnelly
It’s a well known fact that I love my school, and if you didn’t know that, then you must not follow me on Twitter (@austinkid2000). At the time of writing this, I just got back from a prime example of why UTSA is an amazing and underrated university. We had a music festival in our tunnels that are under our campus and at one point, there was a prog black metal band playing under the Flawn building. This was UTSA Underground.

Put on by the Musicians of Business (MOB) organization on campus, this was their 5th year of doing it, but it was my first attending. I had been looking forward to it since I started attending UTSA because I saw people wearing the shirts and I asked them what it was. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. There were four stages all at different parts of the tunnel, the Bio Stage, the Art Stage, the EDM Stage, and the MS Stage. As I walked from stage to stage looking at what was going on, there were artists showing off their paintings at booths and bands selling their merch. It really truly felt like a mini music festival and I loved every second of it.
Oh, and I haven’t even got to the highlight of the night. The last band to play the MS stage may have been one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. The band’s name is Xenobia and saying that they knocked my socks off is an understatement. When the bassist, the great Jamail Chachere, tried to describe their genre at the beginning of the show, he just listed every genre that popped in his head. Any other band would’ve said that as a joke, but with Xenobia, it was completely true. They were mainly a jazz fusion band but they mixed every other genre in to make a musical soup that was just so exciting to listen to. At one point they played a song that kind of sounded like Periphery if they had a horn section and the guitar was used for the atmosphere effects with the bass chugging along. On paper that sounds gross but they pulled it off flawlessly somehow. So yeah, Xenobia gained a lot of new fans that night, and they deserve them all.
UTSA Underground is great, and the MOB is amazing for putting it on. If you didn’t know about this so you didn’t go, now you know and you can come next year. If you knew and chose not to come, I feel really sorry for you. This was a highlight of my semester and a great way to cap it off.
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