Morgan Cates Staff Writer
On Oct. 23, the Jacoby Arts Center hosted “A Night Out,” featuring multiple musical artists, refreshments, fine art, and even a Halloween costume contest.
The evening started around 7 p.m., sponsored by Alton Refrigeration and Home Furnishings, as well as Lewis and Clark Community College’s Music Department.
“Loving every minute of it, very happy to see such a huge and appreciative audience, and that they’re supporting local musicians, musical arts, and businesses,” one of the performers, Peter Hussey, a Lewis and Clark Community College Music Professor, said.
One performance of the night was a young man who began his act with a story about teaching his elderly grandmother how to use iTunes. His act also included a medley of different music, in which he played only four chords on piano as he sang each part.
Roughly, 40 people watched as he played a variety of different songs that kept the audience’s attention. The music covered a broad spectrum from Taylor Swift to Imagine Dragons.
“It’s really interesting, lots of talent and different styles of music,” Rachel Michael, a costume contest participant, said.
While she did not place in the top three of the contest, her costume, “The Walking Miley,” (a zombie-like version of the pop star, Miley Cyrus) was still well received and appreciated by the crowd.
The winning costumes were: Captain Jack Sparrow, a cyborg, and Batman. The prizes for first, second, and third, are as followed, $50, $30, and $20. Each participant handmade their own costume, with mannerisms to match and entertain the crowd.
“A Night Out”, which attracted a large number of musicians and artists ranging in age, showcased many local talents and various styles in the Alton area.
For more up and coming events visit jacobyartscenter.org.
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