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Traditions lounge hosts student soloists

By Len La Rocca
Distribution Manager

Miguel Gonzalez / Photo Editor

Student talent made sound waves for customers and music lovers at the College Union Board’s Student Soloist Night on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m in the Traditions Lounge.

Instruments such as guitar and harmonica, as well as vocal performances, created a sonically pleasing atmosphere. The event featured both covers and original songs, which allowed the performers to showcase their creativity.

Alec Kuncken, a freshman civil engineering major, played harmonica and guitar during his cover of “American Pie” by Don McLean. The multitalented artist passionately belted his lyrics with the prowess of a professional, which caught the attention of one student, who pointed and smiled at his artistry through the glass windows of the performance area.

The crowd was overjoyed by Kuncken’s performance.

“I’m here to support my friend Alec,” said Kaleb Yuen, a freshman international studies major. “He’s a great guy. He’s really talented and you gotta show support for your friends.”

Kuncken finished strong with powerful yet meticulous strums on his elegant, cognac-colored acoustic guitar.

After his performance, Kuncken tipped his hat off to CUB for creating the event.

“It was fun,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of things like this before. When I saw the ad on Instagram I jumped all on it.”

Topping off the night were two members of the band Minor Fall. The two other members do not attend the College and were not able to make it to the performance. The students that performed were Ryan Abramowitz, a sophomore art history major on vocals, and Connor Moran, a sophomore communications studies and marketing double major on acoustic guitar.

They performed songs off their new EP “Accessible Redemption.” Abramowitz and Moran said that they donate all of the profits from the group’s EP to the American Suicide Association.

They concluded with a cover of the theme song from the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh,” “I Found a Way” by Drake Bell.

“Performing, man, that’s just what we live for,” Abramowitz said. He is also a member of the College’s a capella group, the Trentones.

The duo’s love for performing was evident.

“That was fun,” Moran said. “We were just having fun and hanging out, performing songs off our debut EP.”


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