Palmers host live music program Poet Palooza

Lexi Valenzuela

Crashing drum cymbals and electric guitar riffs flooded the Campus Courtyard as students listened to live music, received personalized Henna tattoos, and enjoyed hot snacks. Members of the audience danced with the music and shouted in glee whenever the band members cheered. 

Poet Palooza was a concert hosted by the Palmer Society on Saturday, Oct. 8. It consisted of four alternative rock and punk bands: Karate in the Garage, The Owl in Daylight, One High Five, and the Counter Minds. The event ran from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and was a brand new addition to Whittier College’s social events, with an approximate attendance of 108 students. 

“I had a lot of fun. I liked the bands and the food,” sophomore Francis Kelleher said. “It was different, which I enjoyed. It was chill.”

Everyone could enjoy the buffet -style salted pretzels and spicy nachos while creating their own Henna designs and glitter tattoos. 


“My society wished to do something different during the Fall semester to give variety to the students’ social calendar,” said junior Palmer Chair Michelle Ordoñez. “Our goal was to create an event that would allow students a different atmosphere from the usual dances, while also displaying SoCal local music. I met Karate in the Garage when they performed at the Santa Ana Observatory in July, and they hyped the crowd up so much. They got me in contact with One High Five and The Owl in Daylight. The first band, the Counter Minds, I knew from high school.” 

Various band members entertained the crowd, telling jokes and singing directly to select members of the audience. A few bold students stood in the front, dancing with the music, whereas the rest looked on with amusement. Something unique about this on-campus event was that students were allowed to leave the event and return whenever, which is normally against the rules for safety regulations.

“I really enjoyed the overall mood of the event,” sophomore Manuel Chavez said.  “Everyone was super friendly, and it was a great way to meet new people. I was able to get a henna tattoo of a dolphin while chatting with friends and relaxing by listening to some good music. They were smaller alternative bands, but that’s the kind of music I enjoy listening to.”

Chavez decided he liked the music so much that he ended up following The Owl in Daylight on Spotify. “Overall,  it was a fun event to go to, and hopefully if it’s back next year; there could be an even bigger turn out,” Chavez said.

“I looked forward to our program based off its uniqueness,” said Palmer senior Leslie Caamal. “Other societies always put on great events for us. We appreciate that these events are on different spectrums and ultimately cater to the interests of so many different students. As Palmers, we wanted to do the same by putting on an event for the student body that would be different than a traditional dance. We chose to do a concert in lieu of a dance to shake things up a bit. It turned out to be more successful than we expected,  and we hope to continue hosting this event in the future with different and bigger bands each year.” 

This is the first event at Whittier College that has debuted new music artists.


“The Palmer Society has never hosted a program like this before,” said Palmer senior Jessica Willis. “Some interesting aspects to our program were that the Palmer Society was able to bring Whittier College an experience that I don’t believe has been done before; we brought live, local pop-punk bands to campus, an alternative to the club/hip-hop/rap music that is typically premiered at WC events; because the bands were local, and not yet famous, they were generous enough to stick around after their sets; socialize with the students,” said Willis. 

The bands even stayed after their performancees to give out merchandise and promote their brand. They each gave out stickers and sold music paraphanalia. 

 “It was also nice to have a musical program where students could hang out and socialize with one another on blankets, and enjoy a more relaxed environment as opposed to a dance,” said Willis.