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Open Mic hosts new acts

Collin Brault

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Six UWO students gave it their all on stage at Titan Underground Tuesday night during another installment of their popular Open Mic Night series.

Open Mic Night host Carson Werlein opened the event by welcoming all of the night’s performers and audience members.

“I’m glad you all decided to come tonight,” Werlein said. Some open mic nights are good where lots of people come and others not so great when nobody shows up, but tonight’s looking like a good night!”

Werlein then kicked off the performances with a couple songs on the acoustic guitar before calling guitarist Sebastian Vang up to the stage, who played a complex fingerstyle guitar arrangement.

Vang, a familiar face to the various performing stages in Reeve, has history performing at Open Mic once before as well as in the 2017 Homecoming Talent Show.

“I’ve performed in a live setting probably 20-plus times in my life, but it’s still a little scary performing in front of other people,” Vang said.

Vang has a wide variety of influences when it comes to writing and performing music.

“My biggest inspirations come from Sungha Jung who writes fingerstyle guitar arrangements as well as Phil Wickham who creates Christian worship music,” Vang said.

Vang made his appearance at Open Mic thanks to a friend who told him about the event.

“I would recommend Open Mic to aspiring musicians just so they can get a feel for what it is like to perform live,” Vang said.

The next performance came from sophomore duo Jon Glowcheski and Doug Lane who covered John Mayer’s classic “Waiting on the World to Change.”

Though it was both Glowcheski and Lane’s first time performing at Open Mic, both possess many years of music experience.

“I’ve been playing piano since I was 4 years old and guitar since I was 12,” Glowcheski said. “My biggest musical influence would have to be Dr. Atwell.”

“I’ve been playing piano since I was 6 years old,” Lane said. “One of my biggest influences would have to be John Mayer.”

As Glowcheski and Lane finished their song, the Open Mic lineup ran dry. With the event being scheduled until 9 p.m., all of the night’s performers were offered to perform another set, which many of the performers took advantage of.

Both Glowcheski and Lane made an appearance again on stage, playing dynamic, classical piano solos.

Werlein also made a second trip to the stage performing another original as well as a couple covers including Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.”

Werlein, having played open mic many times before and now serving as the host this semester, possesses a polished confidence and comfortability performing on stage.

“I started writing music and playing guitar in high school so it’s been about eight years that I’ve been playing,” Werlein said. “I really like performing and just spreading good vibes with music.”

Open Mic Night is a recurring event in the Titan Underground that Werlein is very passionate about.

“It’s a fun atmosphere where people can show off their talents,” Werlein said. “It’s a great break up to the monotony of the school week and is a great place for performers or listeners to have a fun, cool and relaxing time!”

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Open Mic hosts new acts