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Music Madness: Battle of the Bands rocks the TMB


This past Thursday, September 12, the SGA put on Music Madness: Battle of the Bands.

Six artists preformed for the SGA executive officers to win the title of becoming the final tailgate performer.

The winner is going to be paid to play at the end of the year tailgate when our Jacksonville Gamecocks go head-to-head with Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

Raspberry Leviathan was the first band to take the stage at Music Madness. Raspberry Leviathan is a “lethargic folk” band whose members include: Josh Bell, Lakiya Hunter, and Avery Tritch. They got the crowd started with “Hello, My Colour Dreamboat,” an original song, and “You’re Not Here,” which is the theme song from Silent Hill.

Kyle Robinson, a pop/alternative singer, serenaded the crowd with his cover songs, “Apologize,” by One Republic  and “You Raise Me Up,”  originally by Secret Garden.

Lara Lubienski, an international student, captivated the audience by acoustically playing songs they were fond of. Lara sang “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry and “Make You Feel My Love”  written by Bob Dylan.

Aaron Hudgins won the crowd over with his country boy charm. Aaron covered the songs “Dirt Road Diary” by Luke Bryan and “Dixieland Delight” by the group Alabama.

Blaire Blackmon, who made it to the top five performers on America’s Got Talent,  wowed the crowd when she preformed. Blaire was cheered on by her Zeta Tau Alpha sisters and the crowd as she sang “Everybody” by Ingrid Michaelson and “Paper Thin,” an original song.

The final contestant of the night was Gavin Golsan, whose performance was full of high energy. Gavin definitely kept the audience’s attention by rapping two original songs. He was disqualified though due to the langauge in his first song and content in the second song.

Between sets, the MC, Seth Cain, kept the crowd moving by asking trivia questions.

“What’s your favorite tailgate food?,” and “How many songs from the group Alabama can you name?,” were some of the questions Seth asked the audience.

There was a tie for the winner of Music Madness. The winners are Blaire Blackmon, the  Zeta who once made it to the top five on America’s Got Talent, and Aaron Hudgins, the boy who won the crowd with his down-home demeanor.

Blaire and Aaron will split the performance time at the last tailgate and the payment for performing.

This means that each performer will be paid 150 dollars.

Personally, I think that it was a fun and original event that showed off the many different facets of the students here at Jacksonville State University.

“I think that it was a good representation of the talent at JSU by the student body,” said attendee Lara Mayon.

When SGA executive officer Kelsey Mann was asked if she had anything she wanted to say to everyone who attended,  she said, “Thank you for everyone who came out and participated. We hope to see everyone at the end of the year tailgate”.

All the contestants did an outstanding job and I’m sure that the students of JSU cannot wait to see Blaire and Aaron perform at the last tailgate!

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