Open Mic Night gives San Diego artists a chance to shine – The Daily Aztec

Associated Students hosted the first Open Mic event of the year on September 21 in the courtyard of the Aztec Student Union Conrad Prebys.

Masks were not required as it was outside.

The public was invited to vote for the best performances of the evening. They chose the duo of Spanish singers Manuel Montalvo and Larissa Vazquez for the first place. Montalvo and Vazquez are both seniors at SDSU and Montalvo majoring in mechanical engineering, while Vazquez studies child development, according to Montalvo and Vazquez respectively.

In second and third places were Louisa Oldeland, a freshman studying film production, and Joe Dreamz, who does not attend SDSU.

Lindsay Scholbrock is the President of Music and Student Entertainment Associates and explained why she loved attending the event.

“I like to see the students supporting each other,” Scholbrock said.

She said she was happy with the performances and the turnout. According to her, the performers chosen were also very diverse.

Barry Macasling Lomibao Jr., better known as “Barry Mac on the Track,” was the evening’s first performer. Lomibao is a junior majoring in Music Recording Technology and Audio Design.

Lomibao performed some original songs he produced and freestyle to already popular beats. Some of the songs can be found on the artists’ SoundCloud under the username @BARRY MAC.

Lomibao performed the song Bounce back / Witness.

“Some lyrics are inspired by my favorite artists like Nas, he said ‘sleep is the cousin of death’,” Lomibao said.

The song was born out of a joint fundraiser, in which Lomibao participated, organized by Period With Dignity and Calibrated Productions. Period with Dignity is an organization that provides free menstrual products to homeless people in San Diego and San Jose. Calibrated productions is a group created to uplift minorities in music.

“I make this shit look easy, you make shit look cheesy / Your shit sounds like a **, no wonder your shit is so stinky”, the lyrics of ” Bounce / Witness ”, say.

Lomibao also released a song called “Units” at the event. “Units” started out as a class project, Lomibao said. The song is directed at CSU and how it impacted Lomibao’s finances.

“Who is the one who signs all these papers?” »Lomibao sings Units, “Who is the one who steals all my hours and makes students lose their minds because of these delays? I barely had time. They make us stumble, take a step back, hold back the rewind.

Lomibao said he was nervous all day before the performance and the competition was tough, but the crowd was quite engaged. Lomibao identifies as Filipino and Japanese-American, and was born in San Diego before moving to Virginia for four years. His return to San Diego led him to attend Eastlake High School where he joined a group after being inspired by poetry.

He began to develop skills in rhythms and rhymes. Lomibao said that no matter what he does, he just wanted to tell a story and was excited about the upcoming projects that he had not yet posted on his Instagram. @bmchord.

The evening presented many musical performances by students but also by artists who do not attend the SDSU, such as Joseph “Joe Dreamz” Harrison. Harrison shouted Hispanic Heritage Month right before his set.

Harrison has 250,000 subscribers on TIC Tac.

Harrison performed five songs. His fourth song, “Made it Out,” tells how the COVID-19 pandemic has personally affected him. On stage, he stepped on a face mask and at the end of his last song, he jumped from the union steps into the crowd.

“If you hear my voice, congratulations, let’s raise a toast for those who didn’t make it,” Harrison sang on “Made it Out,” “And make some noise for the people on the front lines, I can’t wait to carry this mask for the last time.

Harrison made several references to God in his songs. According to Harrison, he was born and raised in the church and his faith is a crucial part of his identity.

Another of his desires is to inspire others to achieve their dreams through the use of hip-hop.

Students walking down one of the union hallways stopped to listen to Harrison’s verses and nodded enthusiastically at the lyrics to his song “Know My Name”.

“I want them to remember me for ages,” said Harrison, alluding to the chorus of a “Fall Out Boy” song.

Harrison claims to have heard about the event from a flyer near a leadership building on campus.

First-year psychology student Mia Falstad felt she heard about the event just in time. According to Falstad, who has a passion for singing, it hasn’t been able to perform since the start of the pandemic.

Falstad overcame some technical difficulties with his cover of the song “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Falstad said the event had her excited, as were other performers throughout the night.

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