If you wanted to waste anywhere from $30-$80 this weekend, you would’ve gone to see either Rascal Flatts or Young Thug and Trippie Redd in concert this weekend. If you wanted to witness real high-quality entertainment, you would’ve gone to Jesuit’s open mic day.
This past Friday, August 30 was the first open mic day of the 2019-2020 school year. Open to all students during 4th, 5th, and 6th periods, open mic day is a great opportunity for Jesuit students to show their musical prowess off to the lunchroom.
Dozens of students performed over the course of the three lunch periods, including guitarist Jack Snider ’20, who performed “Take it Easy” by the Eagles alongside Mr. Marr:
“”I just walked up, picked up the guitar, and started playing. It was great just having the sense of pride that I can play those songs. It felt great to be the center of attention. It was a good experience for people who want to try it out, and I’d do it again for sure.”
Mr. Marr organizes each of the open mic days and explains what he enjoys most from these open mic days:
“Lots of people have talent, but they don’t have bands or a place to perform. So this gives people an informal place to jam, to perform, sing, play. It’s a great day to close out the week.
My favorite part of open mic day is the atmosphere that it creates. It totally changes everything. I love the cafeteria; it’s my favorite room on campus, but it lights people up through music.
I love how random it all is. You don’t know what people are going to do. I love the group sing. When the sophomore lunch sang country roads together, that was fun. Just the spontaneity. It’s always a surprise.”
The crowd got into most of the performances, singing along and clapping to the beat. Jack Blase ’20 was among these spectators, commenting on his experience:
“I didn’t perform myself, but it was great supporting the guys that were. The cafeteria got pretty hype for the performers, and there was just so much energy in the room.
My favorite performance had to be Sweet home Alabama by Jack Garrison. It very professional, and it was clear he’s very talented. It was great to watch him perform in front of the student body.”
Open Mic days will be scattered throughout the year, usually on the last Friday of the month. Stay tuned to The Roundup for more Jesuit Dallas news!