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Yung Gravy greets FallFest, releases food for students – The Vermont Cynic

Yung Gravy led UVM students into a moment of silence for the extinct cat species and Queen Elizabeth II before diving into a Friday night rap performance.

FallFest returned to Patrick Gym on September 30, setting the stage for UVM student band McAuley Kart and headliner Yung Gravy after the event was suspended for three years due to COVID-19. Doors opened at 7 pm and the show lasted from 8-10 pm

The UVM Program Board, which hosts the annual indoor concert, informed students that they could buy tickets online for $10 two days before the event, but the website crashed shortly after the livestream went live.

The incident prevented some people, like first-year Abigail Courtring, from buying a ticket within three hours before it was sold.

“I kept refreshing until I finally got a ticket in my cart, but she wouldn’t let me leave, which was even more frustrating,” Kortering said. “I wondered how other people even got tickets – I feel like I did everything I could to get one.”

McAuley Kart took to the stage for the opening of Yung Gravy at 8 p.m. Their repertoire included original songs like “Reminiscent” and “Wine Mom,” and the band debuted a new title, “I Saw Crop Circles in My Backyard One Time.”

With humble beginnings to casual jam sessions at the Back Five on the Trinity campus, McAuley Kart’s sound defies any genre classification and is best described as “Kart Core,” said junior Caleb Litster, the band’s guitarist.

The band found out that FallFest was only happening the Monday before the event and got to know the headline when the others did, said McCauley Kart guitarist and junior Dimitri Angell.

Not all of the McAuley Kart members were fans of Yung Gravy before the show, which sparked mixed feelings when they found out who they’d be opening up to.

“Being in class for three days after Yung Gravy’s announcement was painful,” Angel said. “I just wanted to get over it.”

Despite her personal dissatisfaction with Yung Gravy’s music, lead singer McAuley Kart and junior Kaia Ellis expressed their gratitude for the opportunity.

“The amount of exposure we were able to get is fantastic,” Ellis said. “I’m really, really, really grateful for the opportunity to share our music with more people.”

DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, DJ Yung Gravy, hit the stage 15 minutes before Yung Gravy joined him, playing pop music and waving a can of Yerba Mate in the air.

“I don’t know why you like that shit so much,” he said before throwing the drink to the audience.

DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip used various bits and pieces of UVM slang in an effort to revitalize the audience.

“Cry out to the Grandel,” he said. “It reminded me of MPs.”

Young Gravy took the stage at 9 pm and performed popular songs like “Mr. Clean”, “My House (Get the Money)” and “Oops! as well as a new song, “C’est la Vie,” which was deleted on September 23.

“I’ve heard big things about Vermont. My dad used to live here. My sister raised horses here,” he said before putting on a UVM hockey jersey on stage.

When the students threw their bras and a few cell phones onto the stage, Young Gravy threw bananas, water bottles, cereal, Oreos, and autographed luncheons into the crowd during and between numbers.

“I was using roast chicken and COVID was spoiling that a little bit,” he told the audience.

She said Yung Gravy’s distinct presence on social media drew first-year Carolyn Neske to FallFest this year despite the fact that she’s only familiar with some of his songs.

“I thought it was kind of crazy that we got Young Graffiti because it was kind of a joke on TikTok recently,” said Neske. “My expectations were pretty low because it was an $11 ticket, but I had a really great time – it was very hot and crowded.”

First-year Abe Bodenrieder said the sweaty mob had been expecting him.

“Some guys’ hair was in my mouth,” Bodenrader said, “but it was just a classic hole punch.” “It’s not too surprising.”

After rapper SAINt JHN made headlines for SpringFest last year, Marguerite Jout is hoping for more diversity in musical genres at future university festivals, she said.

“I’d like to see a non-rapper,” Jewett said. “We’ve had a rapper for two years in a row, and I’d love to fall in love more with rock.”

Mrs. Anika Ringen attended the ceremony dressed as the Pope and holding a banner that read “Gravy for Pope”, the title of Young Gravy’s song.

“I wanted to put on a costume,” Rengen said. “That was the first song I thought of. It’s big on my skateboarding playlist.”

Whether students came to listen to good music, support students, or simply enjoy a Friday night, Gravy Train made an impression on the UVM campus.

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