Last Thursday, the Campus Activities Board held their first “Late Night at Crossroads” event of the year. This casual show, happening every first and third Thursday of each month, features USF students performing anything from acoustic solos to spoken word pieces. Thursday’s show brought a great turnout and at one point, over a hundred students were in attendance, listening to a range of performers. Not only did this audience participate and support throughout, but the performers themselves were also enthusiastic and open to those listening.
It was exciting to see how many of the performers were freshmen, representing the new talent we now have on campus! Some crowd favorites included Kyle McKeever, sophomore and member of the duo NA$A. His controversial and powerful rap about his current views on the state of the American government was intensified by his decision to wear a blindfold during his performance. By ending with the line “Will you stand up for what you believe in?” he garnered support and undivided attention from audience members.
Another standout was a sophomore student who goes by the name of Chubz. His fantastic and humorous spoken word piece about twerking had the entire audience laughing, clapping, and nodding their heads.
Evelyn Obamos, a current 5th year dual degree student, and boyfriend JB sang a medley of love songs. They covered popular hits such as “Summertime Sadness” and “Titanium” so all could sing along. Their beautiful voices complemented each other well and both were enthusiastic to perform at CAB Late Nights for their third time.
Another crowd and personal favorite was sophomore Lena Perzyna. With an absolutely unique and rich tone, her captivating voice was the highlight of the night. Singing tunes from artists like Nina Simone, Lena stole everyone’s heart with her quirky personality and her fascinating and infective voice. Her acoustic rendition of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” was simply perfect.
To close the show, coordinator and current student Melyssa Perla said, “[my] favorite part of this event is speaking to students after they’ve performed and talking to the audience about how they felt.” USF’s CAB organizes events to bring the community together. Overall, “Late Night at Crossroads” was a relaxing affair filled with music, poetry, coffee, and good company. If you missed the event last Thursday, there are more opportunities to attend CAB’s upcoming events throughout the school year.
To participate for the next Late Night on September 19th, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.