As part of the tradition at Buena Vista University, a band brought in by student groups performs for the students after Buenafication Day service activites each spring. This year's band, the Iowa-based The Nadas, drew in a crowd of excited students.
The Nadas returned for the first time since playing for BVU in 1999 for Buenification Day.
Jon Locker on bass, Jason Walsmith on vocals and guitar, Mike Butterworth on vocals and guitar and Justin Klien on drums form The Nadas, now going on 12 years together. The group originally started out of Ames but has move to Des Moines.
Their concert opened up with a performance from Bound 2 Be, a rising alternative bnad that started out from BVU. Bound 2 Be played some original songs that were made popular when some of the band members were still students in Storm Lake.
The crowd was small for the band but they were loyal fans as they sang and danced in front of the stage to the driving beat of the songs.
After the Bound 2 Be set was done, the Nadas took the stage to the delight of the crowd, playing many songs that have earned them a solid following throughout Iowa and especially on college campuses across the country.
The first hour of their set was a lot of new songs from their new album, Coming Home. "Beautiful Girl", "Foreign Tongue" and "Rock Star" drew rave reviews from the fans.
The Nadas sound is somewhat unique or an alternative group. With a mix of acoustic rock, folk and even country rock approaches, the group presented a variety of music to entertain everyone. Their power ballads were among their most impressive efforts.
You'll get no hip hop or screaming rants from The Nadas, but their creative talent is evident.
Walsmith and Butterworth talking to the crowd between songs, and even poked som jokes at Buenafication Day. The singers did seem very sincere when thanking the fans continually through out the show. The transitions were smooth and professional.
During the show the singers, Walsmith and Butterworth, took a short break, as Locker and Klein kept playing.
The unusual duo of bass and drums quickly switched in and out of songs, sampling the bass lines and drum beats of many popular songs. Locker received a huge reaction from the crowd when the started "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.
The second half of the show was filled with songs from The Nadas' older albums and the crowd cheered hard with each oldie that came out. The band showed they knew their music playing all requests without a struggle.
At the end of the concert, there was a chant for one more song to be played. The Nadas were happy to oblige, returning to the stage to the enthusiastic roar from the packed crowd.