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Friends and Benefits

Great Hiatum is a band of UO alums that considers itself  “dance rock,” a fitting genre for the wide range of sounds these musicians bring to the stage. The foundation for most of Great Haitum’s songs is rock music, though the band dabbles in punk and electronic as well. 

Wielding a style that might seem convoluted at first, the band does justice to the different genres it spans, and every song is a passionate cry, calling listeners to the dance floor.

The Empeys, a student band spawned from UO co-ops, brings funk and lightheartedness into its songs. Like Great Hiatum, The Empeys genre-hop, playing jazz-infused punk with a side of blues and the occasional sojourn into hip hop. The Empeys are one of those frolicsome and encouraging bands; tune into the group’s lyrics and catch verses like, “You don’t have to know how to party, we will show you.” 

Whether you love drum beats or horn sections, The Empeys have something for everyone and the group is poised to take on summer celebrations in full form. 

Both Great Hiatum and The Empeys will be playing a benefit concert for the HIV/AIDS Alliance, in honor of HIV/AIDS Alliance’s AIDS Awareness Week. So come dance, celebrate and raise awareness and funding for the alliance and those it helps. 

The Empeys and The Great Hiatum play 1 pm Saturday, May 19, at the EMU Amphitheater; donations accepted.