A Friday Night Musical Showcase

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Ah, coffee house. Every semester the upper school gets together for a night of music and laughter, organized by Alex Wienner, Eli Henslee and Keelty Wyatt. This one was complete with what seemed like dozens of underclassmen brandishing ukuleles, Sherby singing two separate songs about tractors, and a short-lived roast between two of the most conspicuous students at Friends, Foster Joy and Pelham Hardie.


As the lights dimmed and the crowd settled in, host, Alex Wienner, boomed, “I believe this is the biggest crowd we’ve ever gotten for coffee house!” His job, besides strumming the occasional song and announcing the night’s lineup, was asking the crowd to quiet down, which usually proved to be ineffective.


For the first time in history, a drum kit loomed in the back of the coffee house stage. Mallory Higgins drummed with her band, Sunday Morning, The band, featuring Kaleigh Ford on vocals, Jack Whalen on bass, and Andrew Poverman on guitar, shared some original songs with the crowd.


Though The Lentil Festival had promised a debut show, only two out five of their members performed. How do they expect to win our local battle of the bands with such a flaky roster? But even in the absence of three of the band’s members, Andrew Ayers and Charlie Hallock killed their rendition of TKTK.


Perhaps the most entertaining point in the night was an improv game in which Chase Andre was given five words he had to say in a random situation, while making a scene of it. Jay Gonya fed him the words, which included communism and cumberbun. The situation, chosen by the audience, was a funeral. He really wowed us with his quick thinking and with his ease in pretending to be pregnant.


Before and after her version of “Sweet Pea,” Baiz Hoen delivered some jokes that had the audience doubled over but had Mr. Schlenger shaking in his boots. However, judging from his sometimes cryptic facial expressions and body language, Mr. Schlenger did seem to enjoy Glass Cube. This student band featured Max Jacobs on the violin, Eli Henslee on vocals and guitar, and Steedman Jenkins on stand-up bass. Even though they were missing one of their founding members, Julianne McFarland, Glass Cube has the audience stunned with their rendition of Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Rejoice.


Overall, the level of talent that Friends School student’s and their friends possess is really quite shocking. To sum up Coffeehouse, I will quote Wes Culp who, halfway through said to me, “All these people… They’re so musical.”


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