They Played Here: Live music at Union College

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Celebrating 100 years of college radio on campus, take a look back at the musical acts who have played at Union College since 1960. Check out Union's Spotify playlist with a compilation from these artists (note: some music may contain explicit lyrics).

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix played at Union a few times. This photo (from the Daily Gazette) shows his first performance backing up The Ronettes.

Music

Year

The Brothers Four

1960

Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan

1962

Memorial Chapel

The Shirelles

1964

Little Richard

1964

Josh White

1964

Memorial Chapel

Dizzy Gillespie

1964

Memorial Chapel

Rooftop Singers

1965

Dave Brubeck

1965

Ian and Sylvia

1965

Memorial Chapel

Stan Getz

1965

Memorial Chapel

Jimmy Soul (Jimi Hendrix)

1965

Ronettes

1965

Memorial Chapel

Jimi Hendrix backing the Ronnetts

1965

The Drifters

1966

Memorial Chapel

The Coasters

1966

Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars

1966

The Kingston Trio

1966

Memorial Chapel

Jack Ely /The Kingsmen

1966

Alumni Gym

The Four Tops

1966

Memorial Chapel

Miriam Makeba

1966

Shangri-Las

1966

The Animals

1966

The Lovin' Spoonful

1966

Memorial Chapel

King Curtis

1966

Field House

Jim and Jean

1967

Field House

Jimi Hendrix

1967

The Beach Boys

1967

The Buckinghams

1967

Ramsey Lewis

1967

The Blues Project

1967

Otis Redding

1967

The Isley Brothers

1967

Memorial Chapel

Arthur Conley

1967

Wilson Pickett

1968

Field House

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

1968

Soul Survivors

1968

Judy Collins

1968

Memorial Chapel

The Youngbloods

1969

Memorial Chapel

The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble

1969

Memorial Chapel

Blues Image

1969

Jethro Tull

1970

Field House

Livingston Taylor

1970

Field House

The flock

1970

Field House

Ten Years After

1970

Field House

Wishbone Ash

1970

Field House

Lionel Hampton

1970

Delaney and Bonnie

1970

Matthews' Southern Comfort

1970

McKendree Spring

1970

Field House

Bonnie Raitt

1971

Nott Memorial

J. Gilles Band

1971

Carly Simon

1971

Mickey Newbury

1971

Edgar Winter

1971

Tom Paxton

1971

Leo Kottke

1971

The Manhattan Transfer

1971

Bonnie Raitt

1971

Nott Memorial

David Bromberg

1971

Nott Memorial

Loudon Wainwright

1971

Buzzy Linhart

1971

Mark Almond Band

1971

Chi Coltrane

1971

Taj Mahal

1972

Jim Dawson

1972

Jonathan Edwards

1972

Merry Clayton

1972

Robert Klein

1972

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

1972

Cannonball Adderly

1972

John Mclaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra

1972

Seatrain

1972

Mason Proffit

1972

Flying Burrito Brothers

1972

B.B. King

1972

Charles Lloyd

1973

John Koerner

1973

Brewer and Shipley

1973

Jackson Brown

1973

Poco

1973

Sha-Na-Na

1973

Billy Paul

1973

Kool and the Gang

1973

Bruce Springsteen

1974

Memorial Chapel

Count Basie

1975

Field House

Orleans

1975

Memorial Chapel

Patti Smith

1977

Memorial Chapel

Billy Joel

1977

Achilles Rink

McCoy Tyner

1978

Memorial Chapel

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

1978

Field House

Aztec Two-Step

1978

Memorial Chapel

Joe Jackson

1979

Jerry Jeff Walker

1980

Inner Circle

1981

Ramones

1981

Alumni Gym

Livingston Taylor

1981

Don McLean

1981

David Johansen

1982

Jimmy Cliff

1983

Eddy Grant

1983

Alumni Gym

Echo and The Bunnymen

1984

Alumni Gym

Otis Day and The Knights

1985

Camp Union

James Brown

1985

Camp Union

Spyro Gyra

1986

The Call

1986

Del Fuegos

1986

Suzanne Vega

1986

Memorial CHapel

Stanley Jordan

1986

Memorial Chapel

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

1987

Camp Union

The Smithereens

1987

Camp Union

Eek-A-Mouse

1988

Let's Active

1988

Treat Her Right

1988

Tom Tom Club

1989

NRBQ

1989

Blues Traveler

1991

Chi Psi Beach

Phish

1992

Field House

Indigo Girls

1994

Achilles Rink

One People

1995

West Beach

Moe

1996

West Beach

Rising Lion

1996

West Beach

Percy Hill

1997

West Beach

The Pharcyde

1997

West Beach

One People

1997

West Beach

Guster

1997

Green Day

1998

Achilles Rink

George Clinton and the P Funk

1999

Field House

Strangefolk

1999

The Samples

2000

Pat McGee Band

2001

West Beach

Virginia Coalition

2001

West Beach

John Scofield

2001

Memorial Chapel

Medeski Martin Wood

2001

Memorial Chapel

G Love and Special Sauce

2002

Memorial Chapel

Razhel

2002

Memorial Chapel

Wilco

2002

Memorial Chapel

Mest

2002

West Beach

Little Yellow Box

2002

Old Chapel

Armor for Sleep

2002

Old Chapel

Brand New

2002

Old Chapel

K7

2002

Old Chapel

Jason Mraz

2003

Memorial Chapel

Brand New

2003

West Beach

Everclear

2003

West Beach

Rahzel

2003

West Beach

J-Live

2003

West Beach

The Movielife

2003

Old Chapel

Recycled Percussion

2003

Library Plaza

Matt Nathanson

2003

Old Chapel

Naturally 7

2003

Memorial Chapel

Zox

2003

West Beach

The Books

2003

Old Chapel

Eamon

2004

West Beach

Jin

2004

West Beach

Mest

2004

West Beach

Wyclef Jean

2004

West Beach

Talib Kweli

2004

Field House

Dazy Head Mazy

2004

Reamer Back Patio

Badfish

2004

West Beach

Ben Folds

2005

College Park Hall

Gavin Degraw

2005

College Park Hall

Robert Randolph

2005

West Beach

Matt Nathanson

2005

West Beach

The Fray

2005

College Park Hall

The Pharcyde

2005

West Beach

Goldfinger

2005

West Beach

Flying Bobbz

2005

West Beach

RDB

2005

College Park Hall

Larson

2005

West Beach

Guster

2006

West Beach

Common

2006

Field House

Twista

2006

Field House

Reel Big Fish

2006

Field House

DJ Green Lantern

2006

Field House

Phantom Planet

2006

Field House

Zox

2006

Reamer Back Patio

Third Eye Blind

2007

Field House

The Roots

2007

West Beach

Gin Blossoms

2007

West Beach

Catch 22

2007

West Beach

Virgina Coalition

2007

West Beach

Gym Class Heros

2007

West Beach

Talib Kweli

2008

West Beach

Eve 6

2008

West Beach

The Wailers

2008

West Beach

Naturally Seven

2008

Memorial Chapel

Jah Works

2008

Reamer Back Patio

Jason Mraz

2009

Memorial Chapel

Sean Kingston

2009

West Beach

Robert Randolph

2009

West Beach

Matt Nathanson

2009

West Beach

The Hood Internet

2009

West Beach

Recycled Percussion

2009

Memorial Chapel

Beatlemania

2009

Memorial Chapel

Jah Works

2009

Reamer Back Patio

Guster

2010

West Beach

Kid Cudi

2010

Field House

Wiz Khalifa

2010

Field House

Yellawolf

2010

Field House

Passion Pit

2010

Field House

Jah Works

2010

Reamer Back Patio

Neon Trees

2011

West Beach

2 A.M. Club

2011

West Beach

The Roots

2011

West Beach

Jah Works

2011

Reamer Back Patio

Chris Webby

2011

Minerva House

B.O.B

2012

Field House

Ingrid Michaelson

2012

Memorial Chapel

Eric Hutchinson

2012

Memorial Chapel

State Radio

2012

West Beach

Anthem

2012

Reamer Back Patio

Wynter Gordon

2012

West Beach

Dirty Heads

2013

West Beach

Chiddy Bang

2013

West Beach

American Authors

2013

West Beach

Matt & Kim

2013

College Park Hall

Blue Scholars

2013

College Park Hall

Anthem

2013

Reamer Back Patio

Ashley Sofia

2014

West Beach

K'Naan

2014

West Beach

Capital Cities

2014

West Beach

Anthem

2014

Reamer Back Patio

Nate Ruess

2015

Field House

Holy Child

2015

Field House

OAR

2015

West Beach

Sage the Gemini

2015

West Beach

Lil Dickey

2015

College Park Hall

Andy Grammer

2015

Memorial Chapel

Elle King

2015

West Beach

Skizzy Mars

2015

College Park Hall

Anthem

2015

Reamer Back Patio

Shaggy

2016

West Beach

Plain White Tees

2016

West Beach

The Griswold

2016

West Beach

Anthem

2016

Reamer Back Patio

Big Boi

2017

Richmond Lawn

The Score

2017

Richmond Lawn

The Wrecks

2017

Richmond Lawn

Time Flies

2017

College Park Hall

Lo-HI

2017

College Park Hall

Sammy Arriaga

2017

College Park Hall

DNCE

2018

Richmond Lawn

Luke Christopher

2018

Richmond Lawn

Luke Christopher

2018

College Park Hall

Jesse McCartney

2018

Memorial Chapel

Anne-Marie

2018

College Park Hall

Badfish

2018

Richmond Lawn

Blue Light Bandits

2019

Richmond Lawn

Futuristic

2019

Richmond Lawn

Kah-lo

2019

Richmond Lawn

Charli XCX

2019

Richmond Lawn

Bea Miller

2020

CHP Ballroom

Oompa

2020

CPH Ballroom

MILCK

2020

CPH Ballroom

Jason Derulo

2020

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