Best of the Best to Take the Curb Stage Saturday Night

Setting the stage at the Curb Event Center for Saturday night, Belmont University’s CEMB is ready to present its “Best of the Best” for the final showcase of the 2021-22 school year.

It’s time for every winner of their respected genre to come together for a night of live music and excitement as they prepare to take the stage for the second time.

In addition to the five showcase winners, ASCAP Writers Night winners Molly Tetterton and Corrina Gill will also perform. Other performers include juniors Lyndia Von Hof and Gloria Anderson.

RV!

After winning the award at the first showcase of the year – Battle of the Bands – on August 28, 2021, RV! is looking to bring more fans into Saturday’s performance.

Consisting of vocalist and guitarist Jeff Toth, vocalist and bassist Mitch Kruger, guitarist Adam Krodel and drummer Eric Capps, the band is ready to bring it all and have fun on the Curb stage.

“We’re just friends having fun at the end of the day,” Toth said.

“I think it’s just fun to be able to have an authentic time with your friends, but also have people enjoy it, it’s just icing on the cake,” he said.

The indie-pop group that sings “Loop de Loop”, “Suddenly She” and “Trees” will bring a new setlist on Saturday, including additional songs titled “Jetplane” and “Water Song”.

“I love playing ‘Water Song’, which is the last one we’ll be playing. It’s one of my favorites because it’s super energetic,” Kruger said.

Since its last window performance in August, RV! worked diligently to improve as a group.

“In a way, we’re kind of better at what we do now, you know? We give them new songs that they haven’t heard unless they’ve heard them at our shows,” Toth said. “And we dress the scene with, like, inflatable beach stuff. We kind of have a better idea of ​​what we offer.

In addition to its stage presence, RV! is also a group that connects and feeds on its audience.

“I love how the public can participate in our friendship,” Kruger said. “Part of this experience that we have for ourselves is that we can share it with other people. We tell them about our experience.

After the band’s second showcase ends, he’ll drop his debut EP and hit the road with another indie-pop band from Nashville Arbor this summer for a Midwestern tour of states like Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.

“As much as we enjoy growing up in Nashville, we’re excited and ready to get out there,” Toth said.

Trent Wayne

Mississippi native and Country Showcase champion Trent Wayne can’t wait to take the stage once again.

“It’s cool to see the talent Belmont has to offer and I’m just grateful to be able to represent the country,” Wayne said.

Wayne graduated in December and is focused on his music.

“I write full time and drive a forklift to pay the bills until I get a publishing deal,” he said. “The Nashville Dream.”

Back on campus for the show, the “Hankerin’ for a Honky Tonk” singer will unveil a new song in front of an audience of himself and his band’s families.

“I think they’re going to be excited to see their kids up there because, you know, the showcase is that thing from the moment you walk into Belmont, we talk about it and we stick to the norm” , said Wayne. “I think it’s going to be great, I can’t wait.”

Without the pressure of competition, Wayne is preparing to “let off steam” this weekend with minimal stress.

“Just being able to hang out with my guys, you know we all soak it up too and get up there and have fun. No worries, get up there and enjoy yourself,” he said. -he declares.

For now, Wayne is waiting for the right songs before releasing an album.

“I write six or seven times a week now for a lot of different people and, you know, I have songs that don’t find their way to a home that I really like and I’ll probably pull them out of the catalog and record -them,” he said.

Sully bright

Making his stage presence known during November’s Christian Showcase, sophomore “Dandelions” vocalist Sully Bright anticipates his upcoming Curb performance will be a fun opportunity to perform alongside a variety of different artists.

“I think it’s going to be fun playing with everyone because I know some of the artists and they’re really talented,” Bright said. “So it’s cool to be able to play with a bunch of different genres and styles of people.”

Despite winning Christian Showcase, Bright’s approach attempts to break the stigma associated with the genre.

“I feel like the more experience I got and the older I got, the more I learned to love writing music of faith, but I also learned to love that all music glorifies Christ. “, did he declare. “I think all creation comes from creation.”

The Christian folk artist also highlighted his experience performing in front of a live audience on the Curb Stage.

“It was a good experience,” he said. “It was a good opportunity for me to experience what it’s like to play in front of a lot of people because I don’t do it often, but it was fun to be able to share all my songs and really understand why I do it. do. what I want to do.”

Bright intends to release an EP this spring and hopes to release a full album in the fall, he said.

Bright’s laid-back, earthy demeanor is present through his music.

“A lot of my songs are just inspired by my faith and my relationship with God, and my mental health and how God comes to me through that,” Bright said. “And so I usually write a lot of songs about nature because that’s where I can really see God.”

Bridey Costello

Taking the Pop/Rock Showcase stage in February, junior Bridey Costello didn’t realize she was competing for an award.

“I honestly didn’t even know there was a winner when I was doing all of this, I just thought it was for fun,” she said. “Then they said ‘it’s time to announce the winner’ and I said ‘what? Okay, that was fun. That was a nice time.”

Playing her same set this go-around, Costello is prepared and excited to have fun with her friends – again.

“I just think it’ll be fun, honestly, even more fun than last time because it’s the end of the year and the weather is nice outside now and me and my band are changing our outfits for the night, this which is really exciting,” she said.

The down-to-earth “Figure Me Out” and “Wasting Your Time” singer thinks the whole showcase experience was a great springboard for her musical aspirations.

“It definitely gave me a huge opportunity to plan a set, rehearse that set and find the time to, you know, learn the music and stuff,” she said.

Along with getting ready for her latest performance, Costello always finds time to attend her classes and work her shifts at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

She also makes it a point to relax and unwind before a busy weekend.

“It’s probably going to be a little stressful, but I feel like once the sound check and rehearsal comes around, I’ll be like ‘okay, I’m chilling’. It’s just going to be fun, so I am excited,” she said.

Costello plans to release his five-song EP this summer.

“It will be fun,” she said.

james cole

Reigning Hip Hop/R&B Showcase winner James Cole, who identifies his sound as pop-R&B, will take to the stage with more emotion on Saturday.

“The last showcase was really about live performance and trying to put on the best show possible, this one showcases my music more,” Cole said. “I think the songs are much better on this showcase, but it’s not going to be as live and shot as the last one.”

As Cole prepares to release a breakthrough new album, his performance will give audiences a taste of what to expect as the release nears.

“Two of the songs are going to be much slower and more emotional rather than fun and hyped,” he said. “However, I think the overall production and musicality of this one is going to be really, really special.”

Fans and students, however, will still be treated to energy and hype as Cole performs his familiar “Back to the Bottle” as his third song in the line-up.

Drawing inspiration from various well-known artists like Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik, Cole strives to feed his audience with a mix of influences and sounds.

“I kind of get inspiration from everywhere,” he said. “I always try to put influences from different sounds into my music to try to create something unique.”

Cole also feels extremely grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to stand out in his first showcase performance, he said.

“Whenever I was in competitions and stuff like that, which I did a lot, I was always coming in second place or not placing, so Belmont Showcase was the first time I won something. thing for my music,” Cole said.

“It was amazing.”

PHOTO: VR! occurs during Battle of the Bands 2021. Belmont Vision / Margot Pierson.

This article was written by AJ Wuest

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