Student Music Showcase – Oh What A Night!
Monday night’s Student Showcase at the Fine Line Music Café which was hosted by the IPR Student Services Department started off with a bang as Noah Gilfillan (a.k.a. Novacaine) debuted with his first-ever solo performance. If you weren’t familiar with Novacaine before, you will be now! An eclectic mix of what he describes as “house Deejay meets Jazz performer” did not disappoint. Layering the ambient textures of his keyboard with his vocals, a unique and crowd-pleasing effect was born. No stranger to self-promotion, Novacaine’s family (including his twin sister) made the five hour haul across Wisconsin to be in attendance and show their support. A great start to what would prove to be the first of many great acts for the night.
IPR’s very own Rock Ensemble class, “All We Are”, formed under the direction of faculty member Adam Levy, demonstrated their unique styling and collaborative talents. Band members included Derek Linzy (keys), Tony Kollman (drums/vocals), Justin Henderson (vocals), Jordan Weyh (bass), Josh Williams (guitar/vocals), and Andrew Joseph (guitar/vocals) with special guest Zaneta Ogar. Their performance included two original songs by the band – a difficult feat considering they’ve only been playing together for six weeks – revealed their true passion and musicianship for their performance.
Bill Urbank, a third quarter student at IPR, proved last night that he is no stranger to the stage. His first solo performance was this past January at the previous Student Showcase. Since then, he’s been gearing up for his return. This time, he came back and with a bang! Performing with his band, Freya Radar, they are self-described as an “eclectic mix of southern rock, funk and jam”. This was only the band’s second show; however, they gave the audience a high intensity, dynamically charged performance backed by thoughtful and resonate lyrical content.
Singer/songwriter, John Kargol, held down the only solo performance of the night with his acoustic set a la the styling’s of Simon & Garfunkel. Showcasing his sophomore performance, John’s lyrics alongside his acoustic guitar were raw and heartfelt…impressing the likes of Adam Levy a veteran guitar player, singer, songwriter. John is currently working on recording his first EP and hopes to finish it within the next year
The last (but certainly not least) student band to perform for the night was led by Student Advisory Board member, Bruce McLaughlin. Aptly titled, The Bruce McLaughlin Band, this was a debut performance that left the crowd applauding for more. This veteran rock quartet pounded out an adrenaline fueled show. Comprised of talented singer/songwriter and lead vocalist, Bruce McLaughlin, this bluesy, grass-roots, soulful singer let it all pour out for a show-stopping performance.
Headlining the evenings show was Minneapolis based band My Lady Four. They performed songs from their recently released sophomore album, In This Life or the Next. This band is high octane Indie Rock at its finest. The music of My Lady Four speaks for itself; however, the band is managed and marketed by IPR student Advisory Board member Youa Vang. Youa Vang may be short in stature but this woman is a powerhouse. A relentless advocate, promoter, coordinator, leader, roadie, and friend, My Lady Four is lucky to have this Lady working for them.
In the crowd to cheer on the bands were IPR’s very own Campus Director, Brian Jacoby, Dean of Students, Rebecca Buller, along with Student Success Coordinator, Adam Levy, IPR Community Relations Specialist, Christian Groves, Daniel a.k.a. “Sunny” Heymans from Career Services and the entire Student Services Department.