Coffee, friends, and acoustic music are all you need for a relaxing Thursday evening.
FSU Unplugged is a bi-weekly event hosted by Ferris’ Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) that takes place at Biggby coffee.
The first Unplugged of the year took place on Thursday, September 11. The show featured four performances of Ferris students singing and playing acoustic guitar.
Music Industry Management (MIM) sophomore Shawn White covered artists such as Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, and shared some original pieces with those in attendance.
For only having experience with guitar for about a year, his show was well received by the crowd. Those listening weren’t the only ones who loved his act.
“Playing in front of people is one of the best feelings,” said White. “Ever since the first time I played in front of people, I was hooked.”
MIM junior Marshall Sheldt performed after White, and also enjoys showcasing his talent to the community.
“It’s a good atmosphere, and I get sick of playing in my room sometimes,” Sheldt said.
Sheldt said while he gets nervous playing in front of an audience, the support of the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) members that attend help him show off his skills.
One of those members, MIM sophomore Jordan McNaughton, came to FSU Unplugged to support and to play. He tends to have themes for his acts, and this week featured acoustic covers of female pop stars.
McNaughton played at almost every FSU Unplugged event last year and hopes to make it all of them this year.
“I like playing here because it’s one of the few outlets in Big Rapids,” McNaughton said. “It feels good to show off stuff you’re proud of.”
MIM sophomore Josh Olszewski provides the outlet for students to show off what their proud of by coordinating this FSU Unplugged event.
According to Olszewski, the all-around good vibes of the show are what draws students to FSU Unplugged.
“It’s just fun,” Olszewski said. “Everyone likes music and coffee shops have a nice, relaxing feel. You can just talk with your friends and listen to music.”
Students wanting to experience the good talent and great coffee of FSU Unplugged can attend the next event on Sept. 25th at Biggby or email FSUunplugged@nullgmail.com for more information.