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Photo Series: South of Tama debuts at Masquerade Harris

Grinnell College student band South of Tama — referring to Tama, Iowa — played their first show at Masquerade Harris, an event hosted by the Disability Cultural Association (DCA). Organizing members of the DCA worked with the musicians of South of Tama to put on an event with an accessible music listening space. This involved keeping in mind factors of both over- and under-stimulation from the audio and lights. Masked students danced to the group’s medium-energy indie tunes, provided by founder of the band Theo Richter `24 and Grant Anguiano, both on vocals and guitar, Renzo Iurino `27 on drums, Noah Mendola `26 on the upright bass and Maddie Church `27 on vocals, shakers and keys.

Grinnell College student band South of Tama plays their debut performance at Masquerade Harris. On the stage from left: Maddie Church `27, Theo Richter `24, Renzo Iurino `27, Grant Anguiano and Noah Mendola `26. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
Crowd members move along to the grooves of South of Tama’s indie sound, which included influences from folk, R&B and Americana genres. The Diversity Cultural Association provided earplugs and noise-canceling headphones to attendees to use as they needed. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
South of Tama founder Richter said that with playing music, he most cares about creating a space for people to enjoy the experience. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
The soft pink lighting of the Harris stage frames Church, a vocalist for the band along with Richter and Anguiano. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
Anguiano picks at his Gretsch guitar’s strings while a mask — suggesting the masquerade theme of the party — hangs from the microphone. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
The upright bass, standing at player Mendola’s height, provided deep sounds to bring out the band’s jazz and soul elements. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
From left: An audience member dances in front of Iurino’s and Anguiano’s playing. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
From left: Church plays the keyboard with drums by Iurino in the background. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
From left: In a joyful moment, Richter grins while Anguiano croons and Mendola plucks the bass. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
The Harris stage, which often holds up student musicians’ instruments, welcomed South of Tama for Masquerade Harris. (Zach Spindler-Krage)
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Zach Spindler-Krage
Zach Spindler-Krage, News Editor
Zach Spindler-Krage is a third-year political science major and policy studies concentrator. He is from Rochester, Minnesota and has an unbelievable amount of state pride. Zach spends his time hiking, playing and listening to music, trying to submit op-eds for every class writing assignment, and wishing he was in Minnesota.
Krista Spies
Krista Spies, Arts Editor
Krista Spies is a fourth-year English and Spanish major from St. Louis, MO. She loves writing about the arts almost as much as getting tattooed, and she hopes to turn going to concerts into a full-time job.
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