Second Annual Music Fest Booms with Excitement

On Saturday, this year’s Music Fest, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, numerous ensembles and student musicians showcased an evening of all kinds of music. The evening began with an energetic rendition of The Beatles’ hit “I Saw Her Standing There” by Marilyn Harris ’11 on vocals, Dom Chang ’11 on bass, Evan Hoyt ’11 on guitar and Dan Krichmar ’12 on drums. Next, the group known as Aleksander Huzar’s Band took the stage with an impassioned performance. The group began by screeching The Who’s “My Generation,” and then went on to perform “I fought the Law” by the Clash, which Aleks Huzar ’11 dedicated to the Supreme Court. Jeb Roberts ’11 performed an original song on the guitar called “Hot Frosty.” The audience seemed enthralled as Roberts’ agile fingers completed intricate runs and tricky chords. Roberts’ modest stage presence allowed his exceptional skill to speak for itself. By the end, the whole audience was clapping. Roberts’ was a hard act to follow, but Kate Taylor-Mighty ’11 was up to the task. Kate began with a no-frills display of her sensational vocal abilities, singing “Just a Dream” by Nelly while accompanying herself on the ukulele. After “Just a Dream,” Kate went straight into what seemed to be a lovely cover of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” but in reality was a medley with “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and “Where Is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas. The unannounced surprise was a huge hit. Next up, Azure sang the Dixie Chicks’ cover of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, featuring soloists Gaelyn Golde ’13 and Elizabeth Carrolo ’11. The performance began with some technical difficulties centered around a malfunctioning microphone, but Kristina Rex ’11 saved the day by handing the soloists a working mic. The song burst into a balance of clear solo lines contrasting with chilling unison harmonies. Next up, Sky Yoo ’11, Ricky Marcotte ’11 and Sam Oriach ’11 shared a microphone while Yoo picked on the guitar, singing a gorgeous version of “Free Falling” quite similar to a cover of the song by John Mayer. Will Adams ’11 played the piano and sang an original song called “Glaciers,” featuring a self-created backtrack. Along with the other originals, his performance stood out for its creativity and fluidity, showing a high level of musical know-how. Mimi Tanski ’11 sang next while playing the guitar. “The only thing that can even compare to Mimi’s voice is that of an angel – it’s so pure. I had chills by the end of the song,” said Kendall Goodyear ’12. Following Tanski were the Yorkies singing “Good Ol’ A Capella.” Ricky Marcotte ’11 led the group as a soloist. Next, Rex and Carollo took the stage with a duet of “We’ll Be a Dream” by We the Kings. Unaccompanied Minors, the entirely student run orchsetra, performed next, conducted by Mandi Thran ’11. The orchestral group brought variety to the show with a rendition of “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. Thran appeared again to close out the show with Roberts and Auggie Horner ’14, performing the “Four Chord Song,” a medley comprised entirely of popular songs which all featured the same simple four chord progression. A surprising range of material fit under the “four chord” umbrella. Just a few of the songs on the list were “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga, “Africa” by Toto, “If I Were a Boy” by Rihanna and “Barbie Girl” by Aqua. The act was a wonderful representation for the entire evening – a mélange of contrasting but complementing displays of musicality.