Cardinals dance, listen to River Jam’s Josh Abbott Band

By Victoria O’Connor


After a long first day of school Aug. 22, University of the Incarnate Word students two-stepped the night away at the annual River Jam as they listened to the Josh Abbott Band.

The band was brought to campus thanks to the help of a few good connections, along with the collaboration of Student Engagement and Campus Life, an administrator said.

“You have good people who work here,” Student Engagement Coordinator David Espinoza said. “The directors really want to impact the students so they’re the ones searching for those right connections, and that’s how [they got the band] here. During the time [from working to bring the Josh Abbott band] to now, I believe it has been a great transition and a great ability and time for us.”

Because of a wet-weather forecast, the band played from a stage in Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. And open space was left for students to watch the band perform or dance along to the music.

Many students acknowledged the university had brought a well-known artist.

“I had never heard of the bands that had come in previous years,” Ariana Ancira, a junior biology major, said. “When I heard that Josh Abbott Band was playing, I was a little more excited and wanted to attend.”

Even though many students attended the River Jam, some hope to see a future change in the music genres.

“The band is nice, but it’s just not my kind of music,” Samrauit Jackson, a freshman psychology major, said. “Probably have different music varieties, and not just country. I had a friend tell me that the university only gets country bands or musicians. So maybe a mix-up of some pop, hip-hop or rap.”

Despite being forced indoors rather than its traditional set-up on the banks of the San Antonio River, the River Jam still brought in a packed crowd.

“I think it was the best outcome for students just because the weather has not been that great,” said junior Diana Osorio, a nursing major. “For it being a second plan, it was the best outcome.”


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