Newly colonized fraternity Phi Kappa Tau (PKT for short) held their first benefit concert last night, where all the proceeds went to the organizations SeriousFun and Planned Parenthood.
Charging $10 a ticket, the brothers of Phi Kappa Tau (PKT) managed to rally in close to $800 dollars that are being donated to SeriousFun, an organization started by actor Paul Newman, alumni of the frat. SeriousFun runs about 30 outdoor summer camps at the moment for children suffering from medical illnesses, and serve as a place for them to escape the stress of their conditions “always free of charge.” An in lieu of recent controversy, the brothers of PKT felt it appropriate to extend their donation and generosity to Planned Parenthood, as well.
The concert was held in the basement of their Allston home, where brother Pranav Ramineni resides. Allston is notorious for its underground music scene and basement shows, and Pranav felt it was a great opportunity to partake in “As a fraternity, we pride ourselves on diversity. Everyone else does sports related events, but we thrive on alternative culture, so why not a basement show?” explained Pranav. Brother of PKT, Harrison Arnold, said “we thought a concert would be really entertaining for kids our age to get them involved in the cause.” And entertaining it was! Four acts performed that evening: Rappers King Manic and YoungCTheGreat and bands Chapter Six and Harry Jay and the Bling, all local Boston student musicians from the Boston U or Berklee communities.
I spoke with singer Cristian Perez, frontman of Chapter Six and a student at the Berklee College of Music who said the charity aspect really attracted him to the event. “I didn’t know this was even going on until Harry Jay and The Bling reached out to us, we were like ‘oh what is this for?’ and when we found out it was all going to charity I was like ‘dude, hell yeah, this is great.’ I love supporting charity events and I love that we got a lot of people to come out. It’s just been a really great experience, honestly” said Perez, post-performance. The musical acts wowed the audience with their talent and exhilarated the night with their energy and professionalism. Each artist brought something different with their performance, appealing to all genres and crowds. There was rock, there was hip-hop, there was funk, and there was jazz, all coming together in perfect harmony for a great cause.
I applaud the brothers of PKT for putting on this event. Not only have they showed immense support for two great causes, but they’ve redefined what it means to be in a fraternity at BU by going against the grain and embracing the alternative culture present in Boston. The brother’s new home next semester will be on Wadsworth street in Allston and will have a proper performance stage in the basement, hopefully meaning more shows to come next fall. Their appreciation of the arts is refreshing and is something I hope to see more within the community of Boston University. Thank you PKT for a wonderful evening, and we can’t wait to see what you guys have planned for next semester!