Thursday, November 17, 2011

Annual Blue Angel show impresses again

By Alexa Wallick
Photo Editor

The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Eta Nu Chapter hosted the annual fall musical variety show Blue Angel in the cafeteria of the Toner Student Center on Nov. 4 and 5.

Students put on live musical performances covering a variety of songs, from popular art-
ists’ hits to original performances. Three shows were given, one on Friday and two on Saturday.

This year’s proceeds went to the Kevin P. O’Connell/Phi Mu Alpha Scholarship Fund, the DAVE Project, Gifts for Winona, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation and the Chotomow Children’s Foundation.

The Masters of Ceremonies this year were seniors Jake Rivet and Sam Callisto. The two exchanged seemingly unscripted banter all night, even as Rivet portrayed characters like Don Corleone from The Godfather and David Bowie.

Noteworthy Performances:

• Tower of Giants performance of metal-core band The Devil Wears Prada’s remixed version of “Still Fly” blew away the audience. Not only was this unlike any other song played in the show, but it may be the first song like it SMU has heard.

•Charolette Deranek’s acoustic rendition of All Time Low’s “Jasey Rae” put a thoughtful, feminine twist on the normally upbeat punk song.

• Andy Bauer’s rapping Minnesota artist Atmosphere’s “Guarantees” was the biggest surprise of the show.

• Jessica Ingvalson provided the most original moment, singing her own song entitled “Now You’re Gone.”

• Katie Sapper and Matt Pollum, also know as The Straight Jackets, managed to top original artist Jessie J., singing her song “Big White Room.”

• Blue Neutral Saltine Crackers rocked the crowd with the sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing “Suck My Kiss.”

• The evening took a classy turn when Alex Green hit the stage, performing Michael Buble’s “Hold On” with his group PDS.

• The Oldie Moldie All-Stars stepped up to give the final performance of the night, wrapping up the nearly three-hour event with their catalog of oldies hits that entertained attendees of all ages. Many were up and out of their seats for the final act of the night.

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