Pop in the PAC

Acoustic Night returns with an evening of covers and originals


Lauren Gernale

Juniors Sofia Pearson and Anthony Lenz perform “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels.

Lauren Gernale, Staff Writer

Under the Performing Arts Center’s colorful spotlight, student musicians captivated the crowd during Friday’s Acoustic Night, showcasing talent through string, piano, and voice.

Solo and group acts showcased their musical talent, opening with freshman Avery Cumming’s performance of “Riptide” by Vance Joy and ending with an original from Soul Taylor, “Self Destruct.”

Acoustic Club board member Liv Do performed twice, first appearing on the piano with junior Tara Krishnan on vocals with “Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles, and once again on her own with “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.

Do said that she feels a sense of fulfillment when she plays in front of others.

“I really like playing piano and it feels worthless to only enjoy that if I’m just playing by myself,“ said Do.

Returning as a duet, juniors Sofia Pearson and Anthony Lenz performed “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels.

Lenz was sick a few days prior to Acoustic Night, lending some uncertainty to the performance. But Pearson was satisfied with the end result.

“It feels good when you practice something for a while and it turns out great,” Pearson said. “You lead up to this big moment and then you’re done with it, and it’s really relieving.”

The process leading up to Acoustic Night is collaborative, with the Backstage Bruins and staff members helping with staging and directions.

With different performers and styles of music, Do said she appreciates how the event reflects the diversity of the school.

“It’s one of the coolest events at Branham,” Do said. “It’s very inclusive and it brings people together a lot.”