October 31, 2020

Spotlight settles on students during open-mic nights; Decaf offers singing, poetry

Junior music major Jeremy Frusco recited original poems at WTSR’s ‘Decaf’ coffeehouse on Thursday. (Christopher Lombardi / Staff Photographer)

By Jonathan Machlin

WTSR presented the latest installment of its “Decaf” coffeehouses on Thursday, Feb. 24. Three students and a College alumnus showed up at T-Dubs with some of their favorite songs and poems and presented them to the crowd of students, fans and friends.

Josh Holland, senior English secondary education major, began the night with songs on his guitar. He played covers by Telekinesis, Feist, Simon and Garfunkel, The Acorn and Tokyo Police Club.

Holland warned the audience beforehand that he was not feeling too well and told the audience not to be surprised if he paused during a song. His warning proved unnecessary, though, as he performed all of the songs without any hindrances.

“I was feeling tired. I’m a student teacher and had a lot of work today so I just didn’t feel great tonight,” Holland said after the show.

The next performer was poet Jeremy Frusco, junior music major. The poems he read were “Meek Eyes,” “For Kira” and “My Little Girl.” He said onstage that the verses were all original.

When asked how he felt before performing, Frusco said, “I was a little nervous. Going up there I wondered ‘what comes next’ now that I’m up there.”

Up next was Paul Bernardo, a business management alumnus from the College, who sang covers from The Beatles and VersaEmerge.

However, Bernardo had to skip one of his songs during his performance because he forgot the lyrics for “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

After the performance, Bernardo confessed to feeling “rusty” because he had not played in nearly six months. Despite this setback, he managed to play the other songs without issue and earned some applause of his own.

The final performer of the night was Decaf regular Danielle Steward, junior history secondary education major. Steward played a few original songs on her guitar, including “Comet Song,” “Shipwrecked” and “Cart Power Song,” and covers, such as Meiko’s “You and Onions Make Me Cry.”

“I was really excited for it. I perform a lot, so I really didn’t feel nervous or anything,” Steward said.

At the end of the show, John Eldis, junior psychology major, commented on the night as a whole: “I thought it was surprisingly well done, especially in T-Dubs. I think this (kind of event) really encourages students to get out and see what (artists) we have here.”

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