Although there were only a few people brave enough to get up on stage, there was a lot of talent at Wednesday night’s Café House Open Mic Night and Karaoke in the UC Gameroom.
The first performer was the SAC Café House chairman, Jared Powelson, who warned the crowd that he would “suck more than usual” because he had a cold.
Powelson’s first three songs were all original songs that he wrote. These included “Helpless” and “Casualties,” which was about his ex-girlfriend, a.k.a. The Devil. The song was written while he was watching Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” and it discusses the fighting that can sometimes go on in relationships.
In response to Powelson’s call for requests, several people in the audience called for Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.” Once Powelson got started, the crowd began to sing along. He then proceeded to play parts of seven different songs that all had the same tune.
These included Matchbox Twenty’s “Real World,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Lord I Lift Your Name on High,” and the Steve Miller Band’s “Joker.” He said that there were 20 more songs that have this same tune.
Then, just because he’s always wanted to be an emcee so he could curse, he played several different rap songs to the same tune.
Powelson sang several other songs, and he finished his set with a song that he wrote called “Audrey’s Song.”
The karaoke began with Powelson singing “1979” by the Smashing Pumpkins. Next were Sheena Hickerson and Jessie Pace, who sang Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.”
Jason Orr was the next performer. He did a set of stand-up comedy that included jokes about the campus revolving around the Skyhawk card and bad credit.
Pace was the next on stage with her rendition of Alicia Key’s “Fallin’,” and then came Powelson singing “Hashpipe” by Weezer.
Glenda Mash sang Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On. “
Powelson and Pace went on to sing “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. They also sang “Hold On Loosely,” by .38 Special. The pair teamed up with Hickerson for “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N’Sync.
Kenya Boyer was next with her cover of Brandy’s “Have You Ever.” Mash finished the night with “The Rose” from Bette Midler.
There were only about 15 people in attendance at Café House. Although there weren’t many people there, the ones who did show up had a lot of fun.
The next SAC event will be comedian/hypnotist Dell K. at 9:09 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Watkins. The next Café House event will be a Poetry Slam in the Gameroom. This is the first event in a Café House week that will also have a ping-pong tournament, an Open Mic night and Pink Floyd’s The Wizard of Oz.
Check out the Good Times calendar for more information.