Limelight Records held an Acoustic Night in Irazu Coffee on Wednesday, March 14. The show featured five Limelight artists and one musical theatre major.
Most of the songs were lowkey love songs, which was a vibe for students to unwind from the stress of midterms. There were about 50 people present at any given moment throughout the night.
Limelight’s executive team wanted to put on an acoustic night to showcase its two duos and three singer/songwriters.
Limelight’s VP of Media, sophomore Natalie Sulzinger, said that since Irazu is central to campus, it would be an ideal place for students to gather to enjoy the tunes.
“We want to continue to have [Acoustic Nights],” Natalie said.
Here are the performers in order of performance:
1. Haile Ferrier
Freshman musical theatre major Haile Ferrier opened the show with two sweet original songs as well as heavenly covers of “Hannah Hunt” by Vampire Weekend, “Wish I’d Stayed” by Ellie Goulding and “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar.
Haile said she was grateful that she was allowed to perform despite not being a part of Limelight. She said she didn’t have time to take the class as musical theatre is a very time-demanding major, but she enjoys singing and performing outside her genre.
2. Brewing Company
Brewing Company, a Limelight group that was signed this semester, followed Haile. The Limelight vice president of marketing manager, Chase Obrecht, played guitar and sung along with his girlfriend, Lindsey Clemmer. The duo played some originals and also covered songs by Hozier and Sylvan Esso.
The couple was just signed this semester. Although they both hit the ground running as Limelight artists as seniors, it seems Brewing Company will stick around after graduation.
3. Hannah Strickland
Next came freshman Hannah Strickland, a Limelight artist who was signed this past fall. Strickland will soon be releasing an EP entitled The End of Our Days. She sang and strummed along to several originals — some from the upcoming EP — in addition to a couple of covers of songs originally by Victor Simpson.
4. Eli Wheeler
Limelight artist Eli Wheeler veered slightly from the overall love-ballad tone toward moderately more upbeat and folksy music. Eli performed “Scared to be Alone,” which will be released in his upcoming EP.
At the end of his performance, he brought Hannah back on stage for another harmonic duet.
5. Nikki Inocencio
Nikki Inocencio, freshman, began her set with “Pieces,” a song she released this past January. She also sang “Drive” and “Charleston,” two other original pop songs.
Nikki also covered Andy Grammer and had the crowd sing along with “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears.
6. Hello, 4am
Hello, 4am played after Nikki’s set. Hello, 4am is a recently signed Limelight alternative pop duo. Sophomore Jess Burchett and junior exchange student Branden Oak paired up this semester to produce music that gives chill vibes.
Hello, 4am sang a slow and sweet rendition of “Passionfruit” by Drake, as well as several songs off of their upcoming EP, including the album’s title track, “Keeping Warm.” Burchett’s incredible voice definitely warmed us up and then kept us warm.