Students Show Off Talent at CSS Open Mic Night

Sam Hvidsten
shvidsten@css.edu

   Students at The College of St. Scholastica showed off their musical talents during an open mic night organized by CAB in the Student Union on Thursday, April 6th. Students were able to sign up to perform in front of their peers with songs of their choosing.

    The night started off with a song sung by Brandon Vang featuring Sarah Welly on the ukulele. They set the bar high with their rendition of “House of Gold” by 21 Pilots.  Brandon’s smooth timbre and impressive range paired nicely with the ukulele, creating a very entertaining set. They continued their performance with Sarah’s version of “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé. She successfully slowed the usually upbeat song creating a fantastic acoustic version. The last song they performed combined both of their beautiful voices, singing “Impossible to Find” by Secondhand Serenade. Personally, chills ran up my body a few times.

    Rachel was the second performer. She started with “Let it Go” by James Bay. She did a good job, but truly shined during her second piece, “The Way I Love You” by ZZ Ward. The alternative meets jazz song complimented her voice very nicely, and the piano accompaniment was a fantastic addition.

    The third performer, freshman Catey Swenson, provided a bit of comic relief to her set. Her old school set was the type that you may hear in a real jazz club. Her set began with “Cry me a River” by Arthur Hamilton.

    “This song makes me laugh because my ex-boyfriend’s name was River,” Catey said. She finished with “Lullaby of Belize” and “It’s Too Late” by Carole King.  Her amazing voice made the set sound professional. Her use of scatting in “Lullaby of Belize” was fun to hear, and she definitely came to impress.

    The last performance of the night was junior Shelby Schiller. Her performance was very popular among the crowd. She started with “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, grabbing the audience’s attention before she could start the song. Her pure voice complimented the song well, creating a great start to her performance. Slowing things down a little, her second song was “Beauty and the Beast.” Not only did the song show off her impressive range, but it engaged the audience even more. Looking around at the crowd, multiple attendees were mouthing along with her. As if she did not satisfy the crowd already, Shelby’s closing number perfectly closed the night. Performing “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger, the crowd was clapping along with her. The song featured great piano accompaniment and brought smiles to the entire crowd.

    Not only did the performers have a great time, the the crowd did as well.

    “It’s always great to see the talent in the school,” sophomore Josue Chavez-Cruz said. “One of my friends sang tonight, and I didn’t know they could sing like that.”

    Open mic night is an annual occurrence. This year, though not drawing in as many people as previous years, was considered a success. Senior Rachel Reese and sophomore Krystal Mueller were some of the coordinators of the event.

    “We wish we could have a few more performers like in the past, but the smaller amount of performers means that the performers we did have had the ability to sing more,” Krystal said.

    All of the performers are, or were, in the CSS group Vocal Revolution.

   “It’s cool that CSS has events like this because it’s a way that students can show their talents off to the student body,” sophomore Bryan Chavez-Cruz said.

    Bryan, as well as the rest of the student body, will have to wait until next year to see what other surprise talents CSS has to offer. If you can’t wait until then, all of the performers are, or were, in the CSS group Vocal Revolution. They will be holding their concert on April 21st, where you can see most of these beautifully talented people.