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Students wow audience at Coffeehouse

By Sara Nigro
Correspondent

Martinez and Simpson join together to play original songs and covers (Darby VanDeVeen / Staff Photographer).

A chill evening with coffee, cookies and mellow music was in the hands of students who eagerly made their way to the Traditions Lounge for the third CUB Alt Coffeehouse on Nov. 5. 

Four times a semester, the College Union Board organizes the Coffeehouses, which surround students with refreshments and allow their peers to perform their music for them.

The audience enjoyed coffee, chocolate chip cookies, Devil Dogs and Pop’ems set up on a table in the corner of the room, as they settled in for a relaxing show.

To kick off the night, junior mechanical engineering major Christian Simpson and sophomore international relations major Oscar Martinez played covers of songs, as well as original pieces for guests.

“Coffeehouses are for students to perform any music or poetry that they would like to share with the student body and it’s an overall good atmosphere for the students to appreciate what other students create,” said Evan Whitenack, a senior communication studies major and co-chair for CUB.

Performing with an acoustic guitar, Simpson gave off a chill vibe and added to the relaxed environment, as he started his set with an original songs titled, “While We’re Young” and “One Man Band,” and continued on with other mellow tunes such as “Steve” by Alec Benjamin. 

To complete his set and transition to the next performer, Simpson had Martinez join him on the stage with an electric guitar for a duet of Jon Bellion and Illenium’s “Good Things Fall Apart.”

Martinez started off his solo performance with an original song, titled, “Stone and Leaves,” which was amplified by his electric guitar alongside recordings of drums that he played.

When the performers and audience learned that the third musician would not be attending, Martinez decided to play sorrowful chords to set the mood for the disappointing news, which made the audience burst with laughter.

Students in attendance felt that the Coffeehouse stood out with its calm and relaxing environment, which provided a solution for the stress from their busy days.

“I like that CUB organizes these Coffeehouses for the students to come see live performances,” said freshman secondary education major Natalie Earl. “(This is) a great way for students to be recognized for their music.”

 Other students enjoyed the opportunity to support their peers.

“I really loved the chillness of the night,” said freshman communication studies major Jillian Carruthers. “I feel like it would be very easy for a student to perform because I think it feels like a no-pressure situation. I would definitely encourage more students to do it.”

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