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The concerts are back

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Concerts are a lot of things for different people: a form of therapy, a chance to see your favorite artist live, or a place to meet new people. However, for the past year, the concerts have simply been “canceled”.

While concerts have come to a halt with the onset of the pandemic, many restrictions have recently been lifted, concerts are back, and St. Joe’s students are eager to get back into the music scene.

According to Jenna DiLossi Psy.D., co-founder and clinical director of the Center for Hope and Health, being back in this space can be beneficial for those who perceive concerts as having different values.

“For some people, concerts and being in a concert hall or making music themselves is very therapeutic for people,” said DiLossi. “[For] some people, it’s just more fun entertainment. But for some, attending a musical event has a more powerful impact. “

Annie Corrigan ’23 returned to the concert stage over the summer when she saw Luke Bryant at Wells Fargo Center.

“It was kind of surreal and crazy because you haven’t seen people for so long and then all of a sudden I’m singing with thousands of people,” Corrigan said. “It was really weird but heartwarming in a way.”

Zac Dobinson ’22 recently attended the Made in America Festival. Like Corrigan, Dobinson found a sense of solace in the concert community.

“[Concerts] was one of the things that I missed the most during Covid because whether it was a concert or a festival, everyone is there for the same reason, ”said Dobinson. “They really want to see the music or the artists that are performing. There is therefore a feeling of community during concerts which is somewhat tacit. “

Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler in concert September 16 COURTESY OF MAGGIE KOCH ’22

Maggie Koch ’22 personally feels a connection with music and notices how powerful it is to bring people together.

“[The pandemic] has been going on for so long that people have been disconnected. But I think the music that was created in the 40s could connect us, and now it’s so great to be able to enjoy this music with other people, ”Koch said.

While there are obvious benefits to concert venues, DiLossi is still concerned about the potential negative benefits of attending post-COVID concerts for people who may be anxious, especially because COVID-19 is not not completely gone.

“Unfortunately, there might be one person who really finds music venues therapeutic, but depending on their health profile, now a concert would be really stressful and non-therapeutic for them,” said DiLossi.

So far, students have observed that concert halls in the region follow COVID-19 guidelines. This put Mia Roa ’25 at ease, who attended the Made in America festival and the Harry Styles concert on September 17th.

“I felt pretty comfortable only because they made everyone check that they either had a negative Covid test within 48 hours or that everyone was vaccinated,” Roa said. “It definitely made me feel more comfortable being around everyone.”

Fans applaud Moneybagg Yo at Made in America. PHOTO: MITCHELL SHIELDS ’22 / THE FALCON

Dobinson said that while guidelines are in place, he believes attending concerts also comes with social responsibility. As a precaution to shut down contacts and the community, Dobinson said he was preparing to quarantine himself. He had also scheduled a rapid COVID-19 test the day after the music festival.

“Yes, I want to go have fun, but then I don’t want to take that fun home with me in the form of Covid,” Dobinson said.

Even with the newly added social responsibility of going to a concert, Corrigan still found his experience to be a form of escape from his surroundings.

“During the few hours that I was there, you just make music, everyone sings and you don’t really think about world issues or even personal issues,” Corrigan said. “It takes you a bit away.”