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MIC’s first open mic night draws students of all kinds and talents

Many Baruch College performers had a chance to showcase their abilities and their art in front of a student audience on Oct. 17.

Poets, songwriters and singers performed on stage in the Multipurpose Room, each one of them narrating a different story and offering a different experience.

The “Open MIC Night” was hosted by the Music Industry Club and the audience provided an array of reactions from laughter to contemplation.

Even though the event was in the evening — making it difficult for commuting students to participate — there was a good turnout for a Wednesday night.

It was an opportunity to gather with like-minded people while eating pizza and experiencing an evening of art.

There were many performances that kept the audience engaged. Some of the performances gave the audience material to reflect on, such as the words of “War for Sale” by Jade Zabric.

Like Zabric, Eona Abubakar also created a thought-provoking piece by reciting her poem “Dear Black Girl.”

Other acts were more lighthearted and fun to sing along with, such as Baruch Cabaret, and Peter Kim singing “Lemonade” by Jeremy Passion.

“Open MIC Night” proved to be an exciting opportunity for some young artists to grow and to publicize themselves. MIC is a club that aims to introduce performers into the music business.

“However, this is not only a space for artists,” said Brielle Tumbarello, a member of the club’s e-board.

“Our purpose is to help everyone who is interested in music
to start a career in this business.”

To reinforce this idea, Tumbarello also said that no member of the e-board is actually a performer. The event served as a gateway for students to learn about a club that supports young artists and potential music managers.

The club’s future plan is to grow and attract more people, which can be difficult in a commuter school like Baruch. This is because students usually go home right after their classes or they have jobs they need to get to.

However, in order to achieve this goal, MIC intends to invite music managers and professionals in the field to participate in the club’s meetings to share their experiences with Baruch students.

To gain popularity with students, the members of the e-board will also post job and internship opportunities on MIC’s Facebook page.

They also announced that on Dec.12, the club will hold a mic fest for the end of the semester.

Any artist interested in participating will have the opportunity to sign up for the event and perform live.

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