By TATIANA SHAMS-COSTA
On Thursday, Nov. 5, the music club at Norwalk Community College hosted an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. in the West Campus cafeteria.
The music club, along with the student activities office, provided free pizza and drinks for all the attendants. The IT department was in charge of helping the music club to set up the PA system and the microphones used during the event.
“The Open Mic is a great venue for bringing together people of different age groups, backgrounds, and musical styles to support each other and perform. Hopefully, through these events, we’ve made NCC and all faculty aware of the enormous amount of talented students in the school,” said Luke Appleton-Webster, president of the music club.
The event was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. although, it was delayed 15 minutes because the organizers of the event were waiting for the performers who had signed up in advance, said Appleton-Webster.
One of the first performers of the night, William Pineda, did a stand-up comedy show.
“I liked the presence that was in the room that made everyone seem open minded to anyone willing to come on stage,” Pineda said. He also said that he wished in the future the open mic can be organized at least twice a month.
Sarah “Sally” Hitchcock Bell and Gunnar Sahlin, faculty members and co-advisors of the music club, played the piano and the cello respectively. Hector Cepeda, Joe Telasco, Brian Theoret, Mike Piro and Appleton-Webster were some of the students who performed at the event.
“I did it last year and it was awesome that time and it was awesome this time. I was pretty nervous and everyone seems to be a part of what’s going on,” said Cepeda.
Piro did beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion, while other students performed rap and hip-hop tunes. Dwight Wills, one of the students present at the event complained about the language used in some of their lyrics.
“I think it was a little bit ridiculous because they were cursing. I’m surprised they let them go on for so long. I think it was inappropriate for school, I think everything is allowed nowadays. They have talent but I think they were at the wrong place,” Wills said.
Izzy Guardado, another student attending at the event said that the open mic was a great opportunity for students to express themselves and for their fellow students to appreciate the talents they have to offer.
According to Appleton-Webster there were at least over 60 people in attendance.
The music club was founded in spring 2008 by a former NCC student, Maria Gomez. She and the other members of the club proposed the idea of the open mic for students to “perform in front of an audience in a fairly casual atmosphere,” said Appleton-Webster. The first time they had an open mic was in May 2008.
“I think the best thing about Open Mic is that it gives students the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their artistic talents which isn’t something they can usually do that much in the classroom,” said Appleton-Webster.
He also encouraged all students to join the music club, which is open to everyone at NCC. The club meets every Monday in room E117 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The next open mic will be held Thursday, Dec. 10. Contact Appleton-Webster to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.