Lawnparties is a unique event that now happens twice a year. It brings the Princeton community together to either welcome in a new year full of promise and hopes or celebrate the close of another (hopefully successful) year.
It is also, however, an event that continually brings together a wide-array of musical guests and performers to put on a great show for the student body right in our own backyard, or more accurately, in recent years, in Quad's backyard.
As with any tradition, half of the appreciation of it comes from the direct experience of the events, but the other half comes from a look back at its origin and an understanding of what makes it special.
The Street, at lawnparties, in the past has played host to many rising artists that are now extremely successful chart-toppers including Rihanna, Maroon 5 and Lifehouse. However, Princeton has never been a stranger to popular and successful musical acts.
In the days before Lawnparties was known as Lawnparties, there were many concerts and events that took place in Jadwin Gym, Dillon Gym, and McCarter Theatre. Here are just a few of the more noteworthy performances:
Over the past half century our campus has featured other shows from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead and everything in between. The significance of live acts to campus life across the decades should be widely recognized by the Princeton community.