BY MIRANDA WYLIE
On Monday night, students came out to showcase their hidden talents at SOAP’s first Open Mic night of the semester.
There was a variety of talents including musicians, poets and even comedians taking the stage. The performances were interesting to say the least, including a gentleman who led the crowd in his own rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
This was not the first Open Mic hosted by SOAP, who hosts Open Mics at least once a semester.
A few of the performers were returning performers. Singer Kadesha Chiles is one of those returning performers. She sang an acappella rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Some Unholy War” to a standing ovation.
“I did the open mic last semester and I won tickets to see Revolution,” Chiles said. “I was way less nervous this time, still nervous but less so. I think open mic is good, it’s a good way for students to let loose and show other students their talents.”
Another noteworthy performer is Luis Consoli. He’s a student who played the ukulele and sang Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. Unlike Chiles, this was Consoli’s first time performing at Salisbury University. He’s been playing ukulele for about 3 years and has been singing since he was 5 years old.
“I think I did pretty well. I didn’t have enough time to rehearse during the week, but I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out,” Consoli said. “I think we should have the open mic more. I think it’s a great opportunity. Seeing my friends come out and do this too is really great. I think more people should have the opportunity to showcase their talent.”
One group of performers, calling themselves the Benchwarmers, played impromptu funk music. When they ended their song, the crowd began calling for an encore. Thus the boys played a rendition of “Objects in the Mirror” by Mac Miller.
“We just kind of came together and combined our skills to make a whole new kind of sound,” DuncMaster of the Benchwarmers said. “I think it’d be cool if they did the Open Mics more often and if they were more publicized. If we play another one we could definitely get the word out.”
The students and performers had fun and the event left everyone wanting more.