City and Colour, Bastille, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and Train are just a few of the names that were featured at The Grind on Friday, March 6.
CAB partnered with SHARPP to host a night of concerts performed by students, for students. The free event is held in the Entertainment Center, a quaint and eclectic room on the ground floor of the MUB. The atmosphere immediately feels like you’ve walked into an avant-garde coffee shop; a stage adorned with string lights, candles arranged on bistro tables, quirky wall decor and exposed brick are what give the Entertainment Center its charm.
I grabbed a seat in front of the action and helped myself to hors d’oeuvres, provided by Slow Food, an organization on campus that celebrates wholesome ingredients, prepared though traditional culinary processes.
Eight o’clock rolled around and the first musician approached the stage. Each musician played an average of two songs, ranging in genres from pop, indie folk, to bluegrass and rock.
Last night’s performances included accordion player and criminology major Christo van Bree, who has been playing for more than 12 years now. When asked what he loves most about playing, he replied, “I’m able to put all my emotions into [playing] and translate them into music that resonates with how I feel at that moment.”
The university’s Jam Sessions, a club that allows students to practice their musical abilities in a relaxed and friendly environment, also made an appearance. Their cover of Coldplay’s Fix You captured the attention of everyone in the room, highlighted by a captivating solo on the cajun box drum.
The Grind’s next open mic night is on Friday, April 3. Anyone is welcome to share their talents on stage, or simply attend the event for a laid-back evening of entertainment.
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