A Night Out



Photo by Morgan Cates A jazz group performs for the people gathered at Jacoby Arts Center
Photo by Morgan Cates
A jazz group performs for the people gathered at Jacoby Arts Center
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.



Reach Morgan at mocates@lc.edu


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