Published: February 25, 2016
Arts and Life Correspondent
After weeks of preparation, University students showed off their talent at USPB’s Coffeehouse Open Mic Night Feb. 18. Junior Ryan Burdick and sophomore Tillie Deriger, who put on this event last semester as well, agreed that they were impressed by the turnout last semester and hoped that this Open Mic Night would draw an even bigger crowd and encourage even more students to perform their talents.
Burdick stated that with an event like this, there is a lot of reliance on the students to make it work.
The students did not disappoint the crowd. The event showcased about 10 student performers, and some students even went onstage more than once. A few familiar University performers gave the audience some of their new original work. Max Caci, a senior who has been performing at events similar to Open Mic since his first year, played his guitar and sang some original songs, as well as some covers so the audience could sing along. Jen Riccardi, sophomore, who impressed the audience last semester with her powerful poetry, allowed the audience to travel back in time with her as she gave some inspiring honesty about high school with a poem entitled “Things I Wish I Knew In High School.”
New talent also graced the stage. Beejay Chakrabarty, sophomore, gave the audience a taste of authentic Indian music through singing over a karaoke track. Junior Alex Malecki had fun on the stage and entertained his friends and strangers alike. Malecki started with jokes and transitioned into singing Matchbox Twenty. Malecki stated that his on-the-spot performance was “fun, (but) kind of nerve-wracking.”
Many of the performers agreed that the energy from the audience was both supportive and enthusiastic. Geoffrey Morton, a sophomore present in the audience, concluded that his favorite performance of the night was Max Caci’s cover of “Work” by Rihanna. He also enjoyed the impulsivity of many of the performers. “I like events where people show their creativity,” Morton said.
Some of the performers inspired other performers in the audience to get up and show the audience their artistic side.
While some of these students were pressured by friends to show off their skills, others confidently walked on stage and let their talent shine. Everyone contributed to making the night full of art and inspiration.
“It’s great to see professionals, but there is a lot of talent right here on campus,” Burdick said.
Hopefully USPB will continue to give The University events in which students have a chance to be the performers, actors, comedians and writers that they are outside the classroom. USPB’s Coffeehouse will have Lee DeWyze performing on March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater.
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