Social House brings ‘magic’ to the yard at first in-person Crimson Jam in 3 years | news

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Hundreds of students flocked to Harvard Yard on Friday to see musical duo Social House take the stage at the college’s first in-person Crimson Jam in three years.

Crimson Jam – an annual fall concert organized by the College Events Board – returned to the Yard after being held virtually in 2020 and indefinitely postponed in 2021 due to rising Covid-19 cases. Previous Crimson Jam headliners have included Jay Sean and Giveon.

“It’s honestly a throwback to the college year because the last time this happened we were freshmen and it was the start of school,” said Karly Hou ’23-’24. “We were just thinking about how excited we were.”

The concert, which followed the Student Organization Fair at the Tercentenary Theatre, began with four student performances before headlining Social House took the stage. Students enjoyed Mediterranean cuisine, carnival games, and even a choo-choo train in the yard.

Harvard University Dining Services provided food for Crimson Jam’s students. By Truong L. Nguyen

Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson of Pittsburgh, Penn., compose the musical duo Social House, best known for their 2018 debut single “Magic In The Hamptons” featuring rapper Lil Yachty and their 1999 hit “Boyfriend.” 2019 with pop singer Ariana Grande.

“Everybody was really just waiting for ‘Magic In The Hamptons’ – that’s exactly what I did,” said Abby R. Zachary ’25. “After they performed that song, everyone kind of went off the rails. I felt a little sorry for them both, but I still had a good time.”

“I hope Social House felt the Harvard love,” Zachary added.

Last Friday, students gathered at Harvard Yard to watch the Crimson Jam musical performances.
Last Friday, students gathered at Harvard Yard to watch the Crimson Jam musical performances. By Truong L. Nguyen

Nisha A. Seyed ’23 described the event as “wonderful” and expressed her appreciation to the College Events Board for organizing the concert.

“It shows their commitment to trying to rebuild the community,” Seyed said.

Nicholas E. Kelly ’23, director of the CEB’s Arts and Entertainment Committee, touted Crimson Jam’s high turnout.

“This is our first Crimson Jam since we returned from the pandemic and as such we are very excited to resume this annual tradition,” said Kelly. “I think the students had a lot of fun.”

Many attendees praised the talent of the student openers – DJ Chaia, Charles Revival, Nikki Nicole & Friends and Jaeschel – who performed covers and original songs.

Student band Charles Revival, which includes singer Anoushka Chander '25, performs at Crimson Jam.
Student band Charles Revival, which includes singer Anoushka Chander ’25, performs at Crimson Jam. By Julian J Giordano

“It’s just amazing how much talent we have here on campus, so it’s a real honor for me and my team to be able to showcase some of the talent,” said Kelly.

Although Taft L. Foley ’26 said Crimson Jam did not live up to his expectations, he nonetheless enjoyed the concert.

“At the end of the day, I agree with the homies,” Foley said. “I still have a good time.”

—Employee Vivi E. Lu can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @viviu_.

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