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April 24th, 2013

UPB Spotlight Series: Singer Songwriter Circle

As the semester is coming to a close, and amidst a stressful week, there is nothing more relaxing than good music and junk food.

UPB held another successful Spotlight Series, entitled the Singer Songwriter Circle, on Wednesday, April 17th. Unlike many past Spotlight series events that feature one primary artist, the night consisted of several original artists and a predominantly acoustic set.  And as the artists performed, a s’mores bar was offered to the audience members.

The first four artists to perform were all JMU students who are known around campus for their musical talent and original lyrics. Solo act Josh Tigges kicked off the night with a few of his original songs including “Hold My Tongue,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” and “True Love Calls Me.” Next on stage was Elyse Krachman. She showcased her soulful voice and skills on three different instruments—the guitar, piano, and harmonica. Both Tigges and Krachman are graduating in May and reminisced on the their time at JMU as they played on the TDU for the last time. 

The third act on the stage was sophomore harmonizing duet “Maggie and Jordan,” with Jordan Garrett and Maggie Nave on a 12-string guitar. Their act consisted of several original song and a cover of Needtobreathe’s hit “Washed by the Water.”

The final student act was Ricky Webster, who got the audience singing along to his cover of “Taylor” by Jack Johnson.

At around 8 o’clock, the main performers—and the only non-JMU student performers of the night—Micah and Ryan Schmidt took the stage. They have performed at JMU twice before and were excited to return. The last half of the night was filled with original performances by Micah and Ryan, as well as a few well-known pop song covers including Whitney Houston’s “Dance with Somebody” and a Justin Bieber mash-up.

“I had no idea what to expect from it,” says Charlotte Lathrop, a freshman International Affairs and Arabic major, who had never attended a Spotlight Series performance before. “The music was really impressive. I was actually amazed by some of the songs that especially students had done for it.”

This is UPB’s last Spotlight Series for the semester. But, if you missed out on the awesome music this time, keep an eye out for the Fall 2013 Spotlight Series schedule.