Friday, March 4 ACE Board will be hosting Open Mic Night featuring Paul Pfau, a contestant that was on the eighth season of NBC’s television show, The Voice.
Over the past year, ACE Board has brought several major changes to Open Mic Night that has caught the attention of more students, according to senior ACE Board Chair Alexis Johnson.
“Last year, second semester, the last Student Senate Exec Board decided to change it up a little bit so instead of having just student performers – which does pull out a crowd, but it can be a hit or miss – they decided to start bringing in guest performers, like Paul and Olivia Harewood the comedian,” said Johnson.
Not only did bringing in bigger name bands or comedians help to bring Open Mic Night back, but it inspired other changes to the event as well, including making Open Mic Nights competitions for spots in the annual Pacific’s Got Talent Show, (PGT), at the end of the year.
Students can opt-in to the competition or perform for fun.
“We are working with Resident Hall Association to lead up to PGT, so people who compete have a chance to have a spot in PGT,” said Johnson. “In terms of Open Mic, let’s say there are ten spots and anyone can perform and then from there if you want to compete to advance onward, your name will go up on the screen and everyone will vote and whoever wins will automatically move on to PGT.
Johnson said she has also noticed a change in the attitude of students on campus in regard to Open Mic Night with the addition of larger acts and a competitive touch.
“[It was] definitely with bringing the acts,” said Johnson. “I also think it is a culture on campus, for some reason for the last two years, freshmen have really enjoyed reviving open mic and that has been really nice to see.”
Although there have been big changes already, Johnson said she and the rest of ACE Board are welcoming suggestions to better serve the student community.
“We are open to anybody who has an opinion that they want to bring,” said Johnson. “I think I am just most excited to keep seeing people come out.”