Friday’s Surfaces concert provided a relaxing end to the week

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Surfaces performs for students in the Community Commons on Friday, April 2, 2022. (Emmaday Ormond / TCU 360)

By Emmaday Ormond

From country to rap, to reggae-jazz-pop, TCU students always enjoy a free concert on campus.

Two-man band Surfaces stopped by TCU for a private concert in the Community Commons Friday night, organized by student organization theEnd. To enter, students swiped in with their TCU IDs. The band had a merchandise tent and an opening act called Public Library Commute. 

This concert was different than others this academic year because Surfaces is less established in the industry than previous performing artists like rapper Flo Rida or country-artist Brett Young. The concert Friday drew a smaller crowd in comparison. 

“I guess you could describe it as a more intimate setting,” said sophomore accounting major Ariyana Slindee. “You can hear the band playing, people singing along and people dancing with each other, too.”

Slindee said that it was definitely different than past concerts but in a good way.

Students danced, talked and were even able to view the concert from the furniture in the Commons. Students were able to stand closer to the stage than they had in the past; Surfaces’ lead singer, Forrest Frank, could get eye level with the crowd and even took a selfie on a girl’s phone at one point.

Students use furniture from the Commons while watching Surfaces’ performance. (Emmaday Ormond / TCU 360)

The laid-back music style and relaxed atmosphere made this concert different.

“The atmosphere was relaxing, chill and vibrant just like their music [which] is so full of positivity and joy,” said junior political science major Daismar Santos.

Santos said that Surfaces’ music, full of positivity, is different from Flo Rida’s nostalgic feel.

“It’s definitely a change in pace from the Flo Rida concert,” said junior biology major Alex Caron. “It’s nice to see a different kind of performance.”

Some students wore sweatpants, while others came in the clothes they would wear to go out later that night. Several students sat in the Commons eating their Chick-fil-A dinners as they watched. Some students even brought their parents to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

“I think I’ve been to almost all the concerts that TCU has put on since I was a freshman, and I’ve always been pleased,” Caron said.