Student Music Showcase Thursday, December 8th 2012
The Late Fall 2011 Student Music showcase was held for the first time at Honey Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. The intimate music lounge played host to 150 students, staff and music lovers alike to support a diverse showing of music genres and talent. The evening’s festivities included donations supporting Toys for Tots where a total of $115 was donated in cash as well as a large bin full of new toys for children this Christmas!
The first band of the evening to take the stage comprised solely of second-quarter IPR students who call themselves Moving Parts made their performance debut at the Showcase. Band members included front man Adam Paulus, Austin Sprynczynatyk – drums, Ben Roberts – bass, and Tony Schurbon – guitar. Moving Parts is a classic Indy Rock band. They performed several original songs written by front man Adam Paulus and the rest of the four-piece band. During the course of their performance, drummer Austin Spryncxynatyk went from holding down the beat as the bands drummer to playing the guitar and a cameo on the banjo for one song. This talented young group of students is definitely on the road to a successful musical endeavor together!
Next up on stage was acoustic duo The Number Neesh, led by graduating student, Michael Rogers. After taking some time off from working with his Performing Arts high school music partner, the two recently reconnected to create their upcoming EP which will feature previously recorded songs with a new flair as well as some brand new material. The duo showcased there melodically driven and rich harmony-based style to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. The duo was followed by veteran Showcase performance duo, Bill Urbank and John Kargol. Highlighting both of their song writing, singing, and guitar playing abilities with on the electric guitar and John spotlighting his acoustic talents; the two are always a crowd favorite!
Katy Marosok also performed with her new pop/punk trio Attention, Whore at the show. Although no stranger to performing in the Showcase, this was Katy’s first performance featuring fellow IPR students/band mates Ian “Hollywood Skinning” Scheffler on bass and BJ “Buttercup” Foster on drums. Attention, Whore made sure to deliver on Katy’s signature in-your-face, basin, singer songwriter styling’s. They definitely got the audience revved up and on their feet! Following Katy and her band was the band Charlie Siren fronted by IPR Alumnus, Wes Johnson, current student Travis Breeze – drums, Shelby Fisher – bass and veteran Showcase Alum, Tane Graves – guitar. You really can’t go wrong with a high energy rock band that boasts a female bass player! This skinny jeans wearing crew also credited this Student Music Showcase as their performance debut. A very special guest of the band was in attendance as well – front man Wes Johnson’s 80 something year old grandpa.
The Showcase line up made a dramatic transition ending the night with hip hop music. First quarter student, Archie Adekoya (AKA Chee), offered up a spoonful of beat thumping, lyrically driven flows over very well produced tracks of his original music. Chee’s message was positive and his ability to captivate the audience with his effective stage show and emotionally driven lyrics was impressive, especially given the crowd of rockers that had dominated the audience for most of the night previous to his performance.
Once again the Showcase was a giant success thanks to all of the talented IPR students and alumni that participated. Everyone came together donating money and gifts for this holiday seasons Toys for Tots drive making this December event memorable for all, young and old alike.
Director of Student Services