New band to perform Thursday

By Matt James

One of NIU’s newest campus bands, The Big Picture, made up of four self-taught artists, is scheduled to play a mix of ballads and new music tomorrow night.

Gene Skala, leader of the one-month-old band, said the group will include popular songs and originals in its performance held at 8:30 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation coffeehouse, 633 W. Locust St.

“It’s incredible how far we’ve come in just a month,” Skala said. “When we’re playing, the guys know when to throw stuff in. They’re able to get the feel for the music we’re working on quickly.”

Raj Chohan, bass player and singer for the group, said the band is working “at a tremendous pace.”

Chohan said, “Working with the band is fun, but it also gives everyone the chance to improve musically.”

Although Skala said he does not want The Big Picture to be considered in competition with other bands, he said the group “is striving to be the best band out of DeKalb.”