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Westwood Students Rock Music Underground

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By Douglas McCulloch
Hometown Weekly Staff

A number of students from area schools put their musical talents on display as Westwood High’s Music Underground club held its first open mic night at the Fisher School last Friday.

Over ten young performers, most from Westwood High, took to the stage to showcase their musical talents at the open mic night. From covering well-known rock and pop songs, to performing their own self-written music, the night was filled with a variety of different acts covering many genres of music.

The students played for a small yet excited group of over 20 students from Westwood High and surrounding schools.

For Westwood High Spanish teacher and Music Underground advisor Liam Kelly, he was impressed with the turnout to the club’s first ever open mic night.

“We had no idea what to expect,” Kelly said. “I think a small engaged crowd is a perfect start.”

Kelly noted the overall goal of the open mic night is to both provide a place for Westwood’s talented musicians who are not involved in their school’s chorus or band programs to perform, along with providing a fun thing for kids and teens to do on a Friday night.

He hopes to organize at least one more open mic night this school year, and thanked the Westwood Historical Society for providing a venue for the open mic night and Westwood High for letting the event happen.

The open mic night also helped to raise money for the Westwood High Kiva Club. Kiva Club president Caroline Daley said that club helps those in need all over the world through fundraising and microloan programs, and that while the club does not have any immediate plans for the proceeds, the club hopes to do something special with the funds.

Westwood High student Isabelle Jardin helped put the open mic night together, volunteering her time to create atmosphere lighting for the stage and room, as well as preparing baked goods to sell. She thought the event was a success.

“It was really cool to see it come to life and be successful,” Jardin said.

See more photos from the open mic night at
https://hometownweekly.smugmug.com/Westwood/Westwood-Events/Westwood-High-Open-Mic-12216.

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