Here’s what you missed at Acoustic Café

Mariah Richie singing and playing guitar to the audience. Photo credit: Emma Hyde

Saturday, Feb. 5, The Crossroads came to life as students cheered on friends and classmates at Acoustic Café.

Every semester, Acoustic Café provides an opportunity for select students to perform their musical talents and attendees to enjoy high-quality acoustic and vocal performances at a relatively low cost.

Before the audience arrived, performers gathered for sound checks and a chance to get to know the other students who would be sharing their talents. At one point, they even sat in a circle to talk about what music meant to them individually.

“It was just so good,” said Briona Grover, a freshman studying sociology. “These people really love their music, and I loved being a part of it. There are so many talented people here.”

Grover performed the acoustic guitar portion in the opening duet of the event. She had been working on an original piece with her duet partner, Cetera, for about a month before performing it for Acoustic Café. Her favorite part of the event was getting to spend time with the other performers beforehand.

Once audience members arrived, the music began. Ten musical performances took place. Crowd favorites included Elise Garside’s rendition of “Drivers License“; Shannon Smoot’s original, “Rexburg, Idaho”; and a returning band, Neighbors You Know, singing two originals, “Sunflower” and “Don’t Tell Me Otherwise.”

“Don’t Tell Me Otherwise” got attending students especially riled up as it was played after the audience called for an encore for Neighbors You Know.

Performers at the the cafe sing and play guitar.
Cetera and Briona sing and play guitar in the opening performance of the café. Photo credit: Emma Hyde

“My favorite part of the event was the colorful notes of the songs,” said Miriam Craig, a freshman studying animal science. “When people hit those notes that throw everything off but somehow tie it all up together, it gives you chills and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. I love those parts.”

Craig came to the event to support one of her performing roommates. She expressed how much she loved the supportive nature of the other students in attendance.

Acoustic Café ended with the raffle of themed date-night baskets for those who attended.

Auditions for another upcoming talent event, I-Talent, will be held Feb. 22-24 from 4-9:30 p.m. in the Hyrum Manwaring Center. More details for those auditions can be found here.