First coffee hour features music

Students can drink a cup of coffee while watching a show at the first International Coffee Hour, hosted by the International Student Union.

The featured band is Patchouli. Patchouli plays modern acoustic music, according to Julie Patchouli, the lyricist and lead vocalist for the band.

“I thought the band would fit the scene perfectly,” Krystle Cobb, APB Cultural Events Director said. “It’s very coffee store type.”

Patchouli also plays six and 12 string guitars, upright bass, marimbas, flutes and hand drums.

The acoustic guitar player, Bruce Hecksel, is the other half of Patchouli. While he primarily plays guitar, Hecksel plays bass guitar and percussion. He has also studied concert piano and choral compositions.

Hecksel is also able to incorporate many styles ranging from finger-style, flamenco, classical, jazz, flat-picking to folk styles.

In September of 1999, Patchouli applied their skills and decided to tour.

The band enjoys touring because it gives them the ability to be “witnesses of America,” Patchouli said.

“From 2002 to 2004 we literally were on tour every single moment,” she said. “The tour really never stops.”

Patchouli has been touring almost constantly since September of 1999.

The concert will be held in the second floor lobby of the UC, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coffee and light refreshments will be available during the performance.