By: Katey May
Students jam-packed with musical skills and talents showcased their abilities at the Raider Programming Board (RPB)’s Coffeehouse series this Friday night in Campus Grounds.
The Coffeehouse series is one of four series that RPB puts on for Mount Union students. The event features students performing songs ranging from Broadway show tunes to original songs and also the occasional poem or skit.
“It’s become a run-away success,” said RPB advisor Lindsey Laret. “There are typically 75-100 people who come to watch the performances.” Although Laret expected low attendance this week, due to the Homeless in the Quad event, the numbers still impressed.
Sophomore Ann Summers performed her first song with Sophomore Angela Romeo. “I was nervous before I went on,” said Summers, “but while I was playing I was calm.”
Romeo, who is a seasoned veteran when it comes to performing, has been singing at Coffeehouse since her freshman year. “I started playing at the second Coffeehouse of my freshman year, and I’ve only missed two performances,” said Romeo. “I’m excited to perform with Ann. It’s opening her to a new world.”
RPB is also known to team up with other organizations on campus, such as Calliope, the student run literary and arts magazine for Mount Union. When the two organizations teamed up last spring, the coffeehouse event featured poetry readings along with musical performances.
“Coffeehouse is a lot of fun,” said Lauren Klonowski. “It’s only the second one I’ve gone to, but I’m coming to more.”
“I like it. There’s a lot of variety,” added Julie Cowley. “There’s punk rock and show tunes. You can’t find that anywhere else.”