Sunday, June 22, 2008

Day 10. Talent Night

Accelerator’s First-Ever Talent Night:

On Saturday evening we kicked off the talent night with our own version of Ryan Seacrest – Jared Degnan and the coordinator of the evening – Chase Pattison welcoming the group to Accelerator Talent Night. The evening’s talent began with two country cuties: Coco Chalfant sang “Gotta Be Something More” by Sugarland, and Kerri Glennon dazzled with Carrie Underwood’s, “Before He Cheats.”

Jason Levine played a medley on the viola which included DMB’s “Ants Marching” and the Godfather theme.

Two of Vanderbilt’s Dodecs, Isaiah Toback and Zach Barrett, joined Accelerator staff member Kristin Keiper, to revamp Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin.”

Brittany Thompson looked ready for the red carpet as she sang Whitney Houston’s “On My Own”
and Chris Skene wooed the ladies with his guitar n’ vocals rendition of The Verve Pipe’s “Freshman.”

The crowd clapped their hands and tapped their toes to Ann Parker Hammock’s fiddling. Jeff Taylor entertained the crowd with witty comments in between movements of his clarinet piece—and wound up in second place! (Props to roadie extraordinare Sara Gable who held Jeff’s music with a steady hand.)

Chase Pattison accompanied Alabama boys Wyatt Smith & Pat Long for “Sweet Home Alabama.” Then Chase took the spotlight and shared one of his own songs. Kenneth Jackson took third place for his comedy routine. Coach Ryan Igleheart’s entire team looked dapper in bow ties and black gowns for their rendition of The Five Satin’s “In the Still of the Night.” Kathryn Trappey wowed the crowd with her version of Gershwin’s “Summertime.”

Austin Reid sang the Sesame Street favorite, “Rubber Duckey.” And Tori Richard proved you don’t have to play an instrument to be in a talent show- her limbo was amazing! (How low can you go?)

Kristin took stage again with MBA student (and Talent Night techie) Dan Eckman, and encouraged the crowd to sing the harmonies on “Leave the Pieces” by The Wreckers. Finally, Christon Harris took down the house with a cover by Whitney Houston.

The overall winner was James Fuqua on guitar and vocals with a tune by Flight of the Concords.

We knew we had a very bright group of young men and women here at Accelerator. We underestimated the amazing musical and entertainment talent within the group. It was an incredibly fun evening and a great way for everyone to become better acquainted. Thanks to Chase for all the hard work in coordinating the evening’s event.

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