July 13, 2024

California Baptist University students gathered in groups April 3 at Community Life’s Open Mic Night. Different groups, solo acts and poets performed well into the night much to the enjoyment of the attendees.

Hannah Curtis, junior biomedical sciences major, said the event was one of the best she attended this year.

“It was well-done, ran smoothly and had snacks. There was a great atmosphere for enjoying the live music and talking with friends. It felt great being able to enjoy (the talents of fellow students) in such a casual setting,” Curtis said.

Many different acts from a number of genres performed. One notable duo included the rhythm stylings of Jake Driscoll, performing alongside Austin Dubyak, both sophomore graphic design majors, who played and sang an original song.

“My hall and me supported Austin at Open Mic Night last year. We really wanted him to perform this year and he said he would only do it if I played cajón with him and I was happy to do so. I had a blast jamming (with him),” Driscoll said.

Taylor Altizer, assistant director of Campus Activities and Community Life, said the event is sponsored in an effort to help students share their talents.

“We have tons of talented students on campus and this is an opportunity for them to show that,” Altizer said. “It is an eclectic, to say the least, group of students who range from performing poetry and prose to original songs and covers of older songs. It’s a very wide range of a lot of different things, so it’s a really great event to be a part of.”

Community Life hosts an Open Mic Night every semester for students to showcase their talents. Anyone with a talent he or she would like to share can sign up and perform, so be sure to look out for the next one this coming fall.

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