By Jens Larson

Today’s students turn to Pandora and iTunes, but before streaming and the digital download, EWU students had CDs. And cassettes. And 8-tracks. Or vinyl. And in the time-before-time, we had phonograph cylinders, which were invented just five years before EWU opened its doors in 1882.

Technologies come and go, but good music lasts forever, which is why a spring concert at EWU by the country’s #1 band Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shouldn’t come as a surprise. The university was simply tapping a campus tradition that includes music’s biggest names.

Throughout the past decades, Eastern’s concerts featured jazz legends Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Ennis, ‘60s rockers Deep Purple, Bad Finger, and the First Edition with Kenny Rogers before he went country or had his face lift.

Still not convinced? Earth, Wind & Fire, the Grateful Dead, Bad Company, Tom Petty, The J. Geils Band, The James Gang, Steve Miller Band, Ted Nugent with Damn Yankees, No Doubt, rappers Coolio and Run-D.M.C. … and now this list is starting to get ridiculously long.

Pretty impressive for a college campus in Cheney, Wash.


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