photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18

“Explosion at the Crossroads” is a kick-off concert to the school year that is just as exciting as it sounds at Champlain College.

Michael Dyke, lecturer at the Jamaican School of Music, and family members Judi Emanuel Dyke and Laura Emanuel Dyke, will be performing Jamaican music hosted by Eric Sample, associate professor of Sonic Arts in the Division of Communication and Creative Media.

Three sessions will examine the rhythm and sound of Jamaican music as well as its context. The first, “Explosion at the Crossroads,” will take place on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. followed by a discussion on the popularization of “Oh Carolina” and how it pioneered Jamaican amplified music.

The second, “Feel it in the One Drop,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and the third, “Revival Fire,” will be on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18

Each session is a combination of concert, discussion, and presentation, and will explore the history and culture behind the music. The Champlain College Sonic Arts Studio Crew will be providing technical and recording assistance for the three shows.

Sample says that this performance will be great for students because it “puts into living color what I teach in class.” It is a very exciting opportunity for students and musicians alike to participate in a one-of-a-kind event right on campus.

Cailey McCalister ’18 & Johnny Tyner ’18

photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18