Students host impromptu jam sessions at Green Talent Show

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Excitement, along with the smell of Domino’s cheese pizza and hot wings, permeated the air at Green House this past Friday as it’s winter term talent show began, hosted by the Minerva House’s council member, Zak Sayah ’18.

Opening the talent show were friends Nam Bùi ’19, Sarah Taha ’19 and Linda Liang ’19. Taha and Liang sang a pretty rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph,” while Bùi accompanied on acoustic guitar.

Following Taha, Bùi and Liang had another band of friends, Kabir Chabra ’18 on lead guitar, Nate Sears ’18 on guitar, Varun Shah ’18 on cajón and vocalist, Kyle Miller ’18. Chabra blew the audience away with his highly improvised guitar solos while Shah’s beats complimented Miller’s improved scatting during their rendition of the old jazz standard, “Summertime.” The group then performed a second song, a cover of music legend, Stevie Wonder’s hit “Superstition.”

The talent show took a delightful and literal turn as the audience moved into the Green House lobby to watch Union’s step team, In Unison, led by Saragrace Magre ’19. Together, In Unison stomped the floor with catchy, syncopated steps. Members of the team included Catherine Nakato ’19, Shyan Brown ’19, Nahom Ghile ’19, Yesenia Negron ’19, Anna Harootunian ’19, Richard Boakye ’20, Corinne Jean-Gilles ’20, Felika Poblah ’20 and Jennifer Duran ’20. Will Fisher took over the floor with his acoustic version of Ludacris’s “How Low?” which got some laughs from the crowd.

Taking the mic after Fisher was Marina DeLuca ’20. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, DeLuca serenaded the crowd with her original song, “I Want To Go.” Then, Garrett Fitzgerald ’18 performed a tune on accordion.

Closing the formal portion of the talent show was Desi Tomaselli ’20, performing an original composition on piano, which shared a similar hook as “Frozen’s” “Let It Go.” While waiting for the audience’s votes to be tallied, talent show participants and audience members alike took part in a very entertaining impromptu jam session.

Once again taking the mic were Miller, Chabra, Shah and Sears, this time accompanied on vocals by their friends, Lauren Elder ’19 and Lauren Capron ’19, singing Third Eye Blind’s “I Want Something Else.” The two Laurens then took the mic for themselves, playing piano and singing Adele’s “Hello.”

Fitzgerald then picked up the accordion once again, this time performing a sea chanty tune, representative of the instrumental theme heard on “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Closing the impromptu jam session was Boakye, borrowing Fisher’s guitar and comically performing a cover of Nick Jonas’s “Introducing Me,” from the Disney channel original movie, “Camp Rock 2.”

When the votes were tallied, Sayah announced the winners, starting with third place, awarded to In Unison, who won a Union College baseball cap. Taking second place and a Union hoodie was Tomaselli while first place and a Union throw blanket were granted to Chabra, Sears, Shah and Miller. All prizes were courtesy of the Union College Bookstore. As the talent show came to an official close, performers and crowd members stuck around to continue socializing and jamming, making for a nice close of a fun-filled talent show.

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