Rowan After Hours’ third Open Mic Night draws semester to a musical close

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Where can you find a place where magicians, comedians and musicians share the stage to dazzle the audience with their talents?

On Dec. 2, Rowan After Hours (RAH) held its third Open Mic Night of the year.

Senior dual radio, television and film and journalism major Josue Johnson and RAH staff member was the emcee for the night.

“I enjoy Open Mic Nights, you can come out and perform. If you’re not the most outgoing person it’s a good way to ease into performing in front of people,” Johnson said.

The performances ranged from all sides of entertainment, including magic and singing. People could sign up to perform upon entering the event as well, giving a wider range of people the opportunity.

Junior music industry major Andrew Moorer, a regular at the Open Mic Nights, demonstrated his talent by performing songs by the Police as well as some classic Christmas songs. 

“I want to make this my living so I try to take every opportunity to perform,” Moorer said. “[You] can’t wait until the last minute to start getting experience in your desired field. It’s a great way to get your name out there and show them what you’ve got, maybe get some fans along the way.”

Junior business management major Max Miller joined Moorer up on stage to assist with harmonies and percussion.

“I tour around with Andrew, we both love to perform and hope to achieve the same,” Miller said smiling. “The Open Mic Night has a great atmosphere, everyone is so supportive of each other. It gives those who aren’t super comfortable getting up and performing a place to start.”

Although this is a Rowan event, anyone can come and perform.

Alana Sue for instance, an education and music major from Kean University in Union, New Jersey performed her original song “Proud (Lori’s Song.)”   

“I go to open mic nights every week, both in my college and pretty much anywhere I get someone to listen to me. I want to be able to survive on music alone, but that’s the dream,” Sue said. “My friend told me about this event and had to come, I love Rowan – it’s like a big family.”

Musicians weren’t the only ones taking the stage. Psychology major Natalia Pruden was the night’s only magician.

“I came to watch not really planning on performing, but once I got here I got the sudden urge to perform,” Pruden said. “I’m kind of nervous but ready to get up there, everyone is so supportive of each other that it’s hard not to. Events like this bring us all together and an opportunity to experience different things.”

Donald Capper, a sophomore advertising major, was part of the audience that night.

“I wanted to see the many talents people in Rowan have,” Capper said. “I was not disappointed, the performances were great, but I was surprised how small the audience was, probably because of finals.”

With the many events that RAH has to offer, Johnson said he enjoys the variety of talent that Rowan has to offer.

“Open Mic Night is one of my favorite events of RAH,” Johnson said.  “I’ve seen a lot of people come in and love performing. I end up seeing them show up and even participate in other talent shows across campus.” Johnson said.

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