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Jumbos are pretty accustomed to seeing the Tufts Beelzebubs belting their hearts out in Goddard Chapel or putting on “Bubs in the Pub” in Cohen Auditorium, but students can now see the accomplishments of the Bubs in a less likely locale: This semester, the Tufts University Art Gallery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beelzebubs, Tufts’ oldest all-male a cappella group, by showcasing an exhibition entitled “Tufts University Beelzebubs: 50 Years of Fun Through Song.”

The exhibition in the Remis Sculpture Court, which will be on display through May 27, is set up to allow viewers to move back in time. The first segment, at the bottom of the gallery’s stairs, presents Bubs history from the years 2001-2012. The focus of this era was the Bubs’ television fame that started with the group’s near-win on NBC’s a cappella competition show “The Sing-Off” in 2009, followed by the Bubs’ being invited to make recordings for the hit television show, “Glee.” This segment, as with those for other time periods, contains a listening station equipped with built-in iPods and headphones to allow viewers the opportunity to see what the Bubs are truly all about. The iPods contain all the albums produced by the Bubs during that particular time period, providing exhibition-goers dozens of tracks to choose from. While the Bubs have favored rock ballads like Styx’s “Come Sail Away” or The Who’s “Who Are You” and pop hits like Flo Rida’s “Right Round” during the past decade, the listening stations hold some unexpected tunes such as “Timshel” by Mumford & Sons and U2’s “Running to Stand Still.” Other pleasant surprises include Bubs covers of fellow Jumbos, as with Guster and its songs “Either Way” and “Ruby Falls.” In addition to the listening stations, there are viewing stations with video from each time period post-1971. Here, gallery visitors can check out videos of Bubs performances in Goddard Chapel or on the “Sing-Off” stage.

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