By Olivia Stephenson
Sophomore Sarah Cook performed with her guitar and ukulele in front of a cheering crowd of supporters. Cook’s performance was one of many student talent showcases that the University Planning Council (UPC) will feature throughout the semester as part of the new Friday Night Live (FNL) series.
UPC made the choice to combine the Cove Concerts series and Friday Night Live events in an effort to present shows that cater to the interests of the students.
The incorporation of the Cove Concert Series allows student performers to have a larger audience and more publicity with the support of UPC. Students will perform at the SU Showcase event in October.
So far, the entertainment that has occurred this semester has drawn large numbers of attendees due to the lineup and the personal involvement of the student body.
The performers this semester have include the bluegrass country group “Whiskey Shivers”, indie-folk singer Dana Falconberry, comedian Wil Sylvince, and Sarah Cook.
The remaining acts will include a variety of events including a slam poet, the Step and Stroll Exhibition, and the annual Casino Night.
“We’re really excited about this semester’s lineup because it was chosen completely by students,” Assistant Director of Student Activities Lisa De la Cruz said. “A survey was taken this summer, and students’ top choices are represented, for the most part. I think Garfunkel and Oates [female musical comedy duo] are definitely the most anticipated act.”
“UPC always works incredibly hard to find a variety of performers who will cater to the student body’s different preferences and tastes-and this year is no exception,” Daniel Dumitru, member of UPC’s executive council, said. “From spoken word artists, to a step and stroll exhibition, to magicians, we have it all this year. Those who come to Friday Night Live events will be far from disappointed.”