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Small crowd, big ambitions

April 20, 2012

‘Free Beer’ beats last year’s champion Robert Cook for top prize

On Thursday April 12, the annual Monmouth College “Scotlight Talent Show” was hosted by the Blue Key Honor Society in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. All proceeds for the event were donated to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. The bluegrass band “Free Beer” came in first place, with a prize of $50. Drum soloist Robert Cook came in second place for a prize of $30, with guitar and vocalist Austin Garant coming in third for $25. Aaron Fry and “Tha Natties” each received $10 for participation.

The show began at 7 p.m. with a small, but enthusiastic crowd. Hosts Kayla Corzine and Jonathan Welty welcomed the crowd.

“I’m a member of Blue Key, and when they asked for volunteers to host the show, Kayla and I went ‘Why not?’” said Welty.

The night kicked off with the first performer, Professor Dick Johnston, who treated the crowd with a harmonica act. Johnston, however, requested not to be judged as a contender for first prize, instead only performing for the fun of it. Next up was singer and guitar player Aaron Fry, followed by an unusual act featuring the guitar, flute, singing and tap-dancing by a group called “Tha Natties.” Robert Cook then pulled his drum kit onto the stage to show off his solo percussion skills, a feat that won him the show during last year’s event.

The bluegrass band “Free Beer” took the stage next, performing with banjo, guitar, violin and bass, despite have to find a new guitar player at the last minute. The Scotsmen withdrew from the contest at the last minute, leaving Austin Garant to perform an original song on guitar.

In between each act, prizes were given out via raffle ticket drawing to raise money for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Prizes included gift cards to Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and flex-dollars, as well as a car washing kit and a bag of self-tanning supplies.

The handing out of the final prizes, along with some final banter amongst the hosts, gave judges Col. Stephen Bloomer, Kim Fornero, Heather Jacobs and Sandy Russell-Corbin, time to deliberate on who would come in what place. After a few minutes, the performers were called back on stage for the announcement of the winners.

“The show went pretty well,” Welty said after the event ended. “There weren’t many acts, but they were good quality.”

Michael Fenton
Contributing writer


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