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The Story of Hamilton Open Mic Night

Sheila Ford, Scarlet Staff

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The Grind was alive with the sounds of an exciting modern musical as well as some classical music and rock ‘n roll. Although the night started off a little slow, the artists soon began to play, and people trickled in to listen to the wide variety of music.

The night began and ended with “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton, performed by members of Clark Musical Theater (CMT). CMT and MSCU (Music Society of Clark University) hosted the open mic last Thursday night.

The performance provided an upbeat and exciting tone for the night. “Washington On Your Side” and “Guns and Ships” really got the crowd going.

Although Hamilton was the theme for the night, many of the singers performed songs from other genres. Some of the crowd favorites were Lital Dotan (‘20) and Samson Martin (‘18). Dotan got big cheers as she sang “When He Sees Me” from Waitress. Martin tantalized the crowd with his renditions of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen, and “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance. Also popular was Max Elias (‘18) with some wicked improvisation on guitar.

Other performers included Jacqui Savageau (‘18) and Lyndsey Hawkes (‘19) who sang “Have a Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd, and “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent. Asir Arif (‘18) performed an original piece about the pain of love as well as some Frank Ocean.

Will Clark (‘20) enjoyed the performances at the open mic night, saying  “Listening to music by yourself is fine, but listening to music with other people allows you to get emotional feedback which is really nice,” said Clark.

All around, the open mic was a success and everyone seemed to enjoy the variety of musical talents present. 

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