October 23, 2020

Acoustic acts amaze at CUB Alt’s Student Soloist Night

By Sabrina Axelrod

Three student soloist acts from the College showcased their immense individual talents at Traditions on Friday, Sept. 23, when they performed some of modern music’s greatest hits, while introducing their newest, original songs, as well.

Hosted by CUB Alt and organized by CUB Alt co-Chair Max Falvey, a sophomore communication studies major, the show consisted of two duo groups and one soloist act — five total performers took the Traditions stage that night. The event was not the first concert hosted by CUB Alt this semester, however, the event was the first Student Soloist Night.

Falvey was in charge of picking the performers.

“I put it out to the public, and they responded,” he said. “It was a good fit for tonight.”

The first duo, comprising Peter Carollo, a senior finance major, and Steven Papadopoulos, a sophomore finance major, covered five modern hits to a crowd of eager students. As the pair performed songs like Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and “Marvin’s Room” by Drake, the crowd ate it up. The biggest reaction from the crowd, though, came during the duo’s closing song, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

Together, the two set the stage for a night filled with talent.

The second artist to perform was the night’s only true soloist, Jake Rubin, a senior communication studies major. Rubin covered a Foo Fighter’s song, but mostly dedicated his time onstage to play new, original music. Assisted only by his acoustic guitar, Rubin was unflinching during his set, even when a string broke mid-song.

Rubin has been playing the guitar for 10 years and is also the frontman for Good Luck Spaceman, which played at CUB Alt’s Student Band Night last week. Rubin said he wanted to utilize Student Soloist Night as an opportunity to test out his new music. Rubin plans to record a solo album with a folkier feel — a style much different from what his band normally plays.

To end the night, Nelson Kelly, a junior history and secondary education dual major, and Alec Schactman, a junior management major, played five original songs from their band, Oral Support, without their band’s drummer. It was one of the first times the two played together as a duo, rather than their usual full band.

All of the students in attendance seemed deeply invested in the music and eager to support their fellow peers, which made for a fun night to listen to the talent that the College has to offer.

According to Falvey, CUB Alt’s next show will feature Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens from Modern Baseball on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Decker Social Space.

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