University Union’s first Planet Underground features 5 student musicians
UU's Planet Underground showcases student acts
Strobe lights and an open floor in Goldstein Auditorium welcomed five student artists who performed at Planet Underground on March 25.
University Union held its first-ever student showcase which hosted five student musicians: Padma, The Accountant and All Thumbs, Nancy Dunkle, Sammy Curcuru, and Jordyn Tareaz who all performed 15-minute sets.
Padma, strumming her white electric guitar, opened up the event with chill and peaceful vibes through her voice and music. She played her own songs like “Bro” and “Supersonic” which both had a relaxed yet soulful feel to them. Her songs were easy to sway to and the crowd was certainly enjoying it. She ended her set by introducing her band and promoting her Spotify and gave tribute to the rest of the talented artists.
Next came the eccentric band The Accountant and All Thumbs made up of members lead singer Eric Timlin, guitarist Sammy Karp, drummer Joe Sdao, and keys player Jake Rubman. Strong guitar and drum melodies as well as a strong melody from the keys injected high energy into the crowd, and it was clear that the energy had transitioned from the previous vibe of Padma. The strong electric guitar was something prominent in all of their songs and paired well with Timlin’s unique sound. The band was dressed in bold printed shirts and was clearly enjoying themselves. Timlin even brought out fellow artist Nancy Dunkle who followed his performance. Find The Accountant and All Thumbs on Spotify to stream all of their latest music.
Nancy Dunkle came out in a spring dress and a spring in her step. The purple strobe lights hit her at the right angle and produced a relaxed aura to go along with her soulful performance and full voice that filled up the auditorium. “I’m sort of experimenting with my music style right now,” Nancy said. “I want to tap more into an indie rock sort of style and things that are more high energy.” She certainly accomplished this style with her performance; it was clear that she was feeling the music and her sound had an indie, singer-songwriter feel to it. Her energy on stage made its way to the crowd, and it was clear that her stage presence was impactful. Her single “Poster Child” is available to stream on Spotify.
Sammy Curcuru came strutting out onto the stage in patchwork jeans with a massive amount of energy and infectious stage presence. He performed two of his own singles, both of which are on Spotify, called “look @ you” and “im down if ur down.” He was one of the most expressive artists who performed, and it was clear that he had a natural knack for performing and drawing in a crowd that he seemed to feed off of. He even covered ROLE MODEL’s “blind.” Sammy finds that he draws much of his inspiration from ROLE MODEL and his musical sound, so it was certainly fitting. He also enjoys creating his own beats and got into music by making random beats on his own, elevating his production work. He wants to continue to incorporate music into his college life whether vocals or production.
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For the final performance, Jordyn Tareaz came out with confidence and a beautiful, soulful voice that filled the entire auditorium. She moved around the stage like she belonged there and gathered the crowd in by mixing up performing covers as well as original songs. Her sound leaned R&B and was a fantastic way to cap off the event. Her long, melodic notes were also equally impressive. She covered “Nonsense” by Sabrina Carpenter, “Umbrella” by Rhianna as well as “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers. She also performed one of her own songs including “So Good (On My Own)” and another which is in the works to be released. Find her music on Spotify and keep up with her latest projects
University Union’s next musical event is its spring Bandersnatch concert featuring redveil, Tom the Mailman and Laura Elliott on April 8 in Goldstein Auditorium.