Sterling Waite and The Bedouin Band
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"MC Talent Showcased at Legendary CBGB"

By Katie Meyer

Manhattan College is revered for its New York City location, as it boasts a plethora of cultural and artistic opportunities for its students. One group of talented students who are taking full advantage of this are Sterling Waite and the Bedouin Band. The band includes lead singer Sterling Waite on guitar, Dan Burke on the conga, and Alex Burke on bass guitar. Waite and company are known throughout campus for their frequent coffeehouse appearances, which have not only generated a positive buzz, but have also helped them gain a solid following. On Tuesday, November 1, band members Waite and Dan & Alex Burke went beyond the Manhattan College coffeehouse scene and headed downtown to rock the CBGB downstairs lounge with approximately twenty enthusiastic jaspers in tow.

Sterling Waite and the Bedouin Band was originally founded by Sterling Waite and Dan Burke last April, and Alex Burke joined this fall. November 1st's performance marked Waite's third performance at CBGBs. Waite's first gig at the famed venue was during the fall of 2004 after he had auditioned to play at the lounge's singer-songwriter nights. Waite's musical talent and charm spurred a second performance at the venue, this time including Dan Burke on the Congas. By November 1, it was as if Waite was an old veteran slowly paying his dues as a serious live musician.

The band's impressive performance was incredibly well received by the enthusiastic crowd that filled the small and intimate lounge. Words of encouragement could be heard from all corners of the venue, suggesting that Waite and company might be more than just your typical college jam band. The band's 30 minute set was filled with an eclectic array of songs written by Waite, causing some audience members to sing along while others appropriately applauded during the conga and bass solos.

Just like in any band, it is important that the musicians compliment each other, and from the moment that Waite, Alex and Dan Burke took the stage, the audience could immediately sense their artistic chemistry. Sterling tells the Quadrangle "Playing with the band is much more rewarding and just more fun. There's a type of communication between musicians that is indescribable. Dan and Alex are great musicians, and they add so much. Together we create a sound much bigger than anything I could produce on my own." Throughout their performance, it was obvious that these band mates shared more than simply their love for music.

Tuesday's successful performance raises the question, are Waite and his band ready to pursue a professional music career and kick their academic careers to the curb? Waite says, "I would love to be a professional musician, but I'm not about to drop out of college and 'go for it.' If my passion could ever pay the bills, I'd be ecstatic. But I'm happy with what is happening now." So, do not worry fellow Jaspers, Sterling and the Bedouin Band are not going anywhere, at least for now. Do not forget to catch their next gig November 14 on the quad-head over to for more information.

- Manhattan College


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Formed in the Fall of 2004 at Manhattan College, hailing from Long Island, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia; Sterling, Alex and Dan met during their freshman year at college. Sterlings impressive singing and songwriting skills meshed perfectly with the live performance experience that Dan and Alex had from past music groups. Now almost four years later, the group can be seen playing in Bronx pubs, popular NYC Venues, and even Bars along the Coast of Long Island and New Jersey.