Last Saturday, March 26, The Musician’s Guild held its second Open Mic Night of the spring semester.
Like previous Open Mics, the event gave FDU’s most artistic and most talented students and faculty the opportunity to step up to the mic and feel like a star, performing music, poetry, comedy and more.
Held in the Bottle Hill Room, and hosted by Musician’s Guild president Tyler Masterson, the night featured acoustic sets by Open Mic regulars such as Joe Jasko, who promoted his new original album, “If Stars Could Scream…,” and Alfred Sotolongo, who performed a cover of The National’s “Slow Show.” The two also performed a set together as Danger Zone, covering an acoustic version of R. Kelly’s “Ignition.”
Sophomore Isaac Leggett, the host of last month’s Open Mic, performed an original song, as well as a fantastic cover of Weird Al Yankovic’s “The Night Santa Went Crazy.”
Senior creative writing major Megan Kellerman read poems from her senior thesis.
Former Musician Guild President Amanda Pearce also performed, as well as many others.
Campus Life Coordinator and Musician’s Guild adviser Wai Bong Ng also performed, playing covers of The Verve and The Cure, as well as a rendition of the ubiquitous new single “Friday” by Rebecca Black.
Beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at midnight, the night drew in students and faculty alike.
According to Masterson, who himself shared some of writing and music Saturday night, the Guild’s goal for the semester is to expand.
“For the Open Mics, we’re trying to bring in as many different kinds of acts as possible,” he said. “We also wanted to make them [the Open Mics] as big as possible, to make the person on stage feel like a star, while still maintaining the intimacy. … We want them to be intimate, but not intimidating.”
Part of their plan to expand includes hosting more events, such as the next Open Mic, to be held in Hartman Lounge on May 5, and the upcoming Songwriter’s Showcase, to be held sometime in April.
“It [the Songwriter’s Showcase] will be put on the same way as an Open Mic Night, except that all the music will be the original work of the students,” Masterson said.
In addition, the Musician’s Guild is also working to host more concert-like events by bringing acts to perform on campus, such as Owen, a renowned singer-songwriter.
Aside from music-centric acts, the Musician’s Guild is also looking to host other kinds of events this semester and in the future, such as last semester’s Halloween Dance Party, which was unlike any event they have ever hosted.
“We were just like, ‘why not?’ It was something we’d never tried before, and it turned out to be really good,” said Masterson.
The Musician’s Guild is also looking to co-sponsor or collaborate with other on-campus organizations, as part of its initiative to expand.
With the success of yet another Open Mic Night still in the air, there seems to be much more success in store for the Guild this semester.