Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gaslight 2013: Diverse music, awkward jokes

By Carissa Hahn
Copy Editor

The Senior Class presented the 51st annual Gaslight show on April 19 and 20, providing three shows full of diverse musical acts and awkward jokes in the Saint Mary’s University Cafeteria.  

Each show consisted of two sets, a total of 26 acts. There was a multitude of different music genres presented including country, rock, and pop.

SMU Admission Counselor and Visit Coordinator Aubry Hollnagel and senior Jamie Cooper were the Masters of Ceremonies for all shows. Between each act, they provided light-hearted comedy and even read tweets from the designated Twitter hashtag for the show, #Gaslight2013. 

Gaslight is presented by the Senior Class, but a lot of the work is done by the Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha. Many fraternity members performed in the show. John Fitzpatrick has been involved in every Gaslight since he has been at SMU. He said, “The thing about the show that is so awesome is all of the support that is shown during the show by the crowd. A lot of the performers don’t usually get the chance to perform in front of people, and the crowds really make it a great experience.” 

The show opened with a group called “Fitzy and the Crowbars” performing “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; bass player Paul Schmitt was sporting a fur coat. “I liked that they opened with this song because I think it really set the tone for the rest of the show,” said Alexi Lund, who attended the Friday evening show.

Lund said she didn’t have a favorite act because all of them were presented so differently. “I can’t decide what single performance I liked best because each was unique and they were all from different genres. It was fun to listen to them all,” said Lund.

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