Students take the stage
Huskey takes home $100 Open Mic Night prize
| Casey Matlock reporter |
When Shannon Meck got on stage to do a rendition of Beyonce’s “Listen,” he felt his personal connection to the song power his a cappella performance.
“It is a very important song to me and my family because they cried their eyes out the first time I sang the song to them,” said Meck, freshman in communication. “It was a heartwarming moment for them and for me because of how powerfully the song came across.”
Meck’s act formed part of Open Mic Night, held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the University Club of Overman Student Center. Emma Huskey was the eventual winner of Student Activities Council’s $100 prize for the best act.
Huskey’s performance of The Plain White Tees’ “Hey There Delilah” was accompanied by her acoustic guitar. She had to improvise after the duet she had planned with a friend fell through.
“That was the first song my dad taught me how to play,” said Huskey, junior in graphic communications. “I am pretty comfortable with it because it’s one of my favorite songs. The win was surprising because it’s my birthday, so I was not expecting to win.
“It makes me want to come back next time and have more people come with me.”
Acts included other singers, a poet and a disk jockey. Emely Flores performed “Say Something” by the band A Great Big World that featured vocals from Christina Aguilera.
“I knew this would be a good song to perform the low notes like the singer can,” Flores said.
The next Open Mic Night will be on April 1. SAC typically hosts two such events per semester.