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Spotlight On Open Mic

Open Mic Nights at CB give a much deserved spotlight to the amazing talent in the CB community. Open Mic’s wonderful atmosphere creates a positive energy that’s incredibly encouraging for any aspiring artists and performers looking to get up on stage. It’s perfect for giving anyone in the CB community the chance to pursue something […]

Open Mic Nights at CB give a much deserved spotlight to the amazing talent in the CB community. Open Mic’s wonderful atmosphere creates a positive energy that’s incredibly encouraging for any aspiring artists and performers looking to get up on stage. It’s perfect for giving anyone in the CB community the chance to pursue something they’re passionate about or just jump into a new opportunity.

“The audience is the friendliest audience you will ever perform in front of. Open Mic has the greatest energy — it’s amazing” says Frankie Pinuela (’20). “I’ve done choir concerts and recitals, and you will never get that same energy”

Frankie has been a part of almost every Open Mic performance since her freshman year. With her love for performing and borderline obsession with music, she’s always thrilled to share her passion with the CB community.

“I remember very specifically it was probably junior or sophomore year and I was singing ‘Sign of the Times’ by Harry Styles. I tend to close my eyes while performing, and there was a moment where I closed my eyes for a good portion of the song and then looked up at the audience and all I saw where phone lights waving back and forth. The feeling that gives you is insane.”

Jack Agnell (’21) and Theodore Duong (’21) perform “Ashokan Farewell” 

Open Mic creates a space welcoming to both new and experienced performers. Passion matters as much if not more than experience.

“I love the supportive audience. Sure, you’ll have those moments where you stumble on stage, but the audience is really supportive about it even when that happens,” says Danielle Ronquillo (’20), another familiar face on the Open Mic stage. “They get that it’s not always easy to get up and perform in front of people”

With an stunning voice and an extensive background in choir, Danielle’s interest in performing at Open Mic clicked pretty quickly.

“It’s a way of expressing myself and building up self-confidence,” Danielle explains. “I’m often pretty quiet and shy, but this is one of those rare opportunities for me to tell the audience who I am and that this is what I love to do. This is what I’m passionate about.”

Open Mic provides an environment where amateurs and professionals alike can be comfortable on stage. The CB community members that make up the Open Mic audience are there to support their friends and classmates in what they love.

“As an inexperienced performer, you might think that there’s this divide between you and the audience. With Open Mic, you learn that the audience is as much as a part of the performance as you are,” Frankie says. “Everyone thinks you have to be the greatest singer or poet to perform on stage and you don’t. You just have to be yourself.”

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