Drums. Guitar. Bass. Vocals. Their louder than life sound roars through the high school during their break/lunch gigs. You hear ‘em, you love ‘em and now apparently Hard Rock does too.
For the second time IPAU played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orchard on December 7. The rock ‘n roll theme of the restaurant made it the perfect place to host such a performance. From the dimly lit atmosphere to the rock memorabilia lined walls, like their website says, this truly is the place for “music, food and great times.” IPAU’s performance not only wowed diners at the restaurant but also showed that these students aren’t limited to just performing for an in-school audience.
There’s nothing better than jamming out with friends on a Sunday night before the wash of “Monday blues” sweeps you away. For some, this was their first time performing outside school. Though it may seem daunting, the relaxed vibe of the Hard Rock Cafe, along with the support from the those eating at the restaurant and rest of the IPAU members, decreased the performers’ jitters. When asked about how nervous they were to perform on stage (on a scale of one to 10, one being “not at all” and ten being “super scared”), sophomore, Ruth Jaensubhakij answered, “Two,” while sophomore, Ethan Aldaba responded with “One.”
The two of them performed the song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Megan Trainor and John Legend. This wasn’t the first time Ruth played at the Hard Rock Cafe and she described it as a “really cool experience.” Ethan agreed, “It’s good to take every opportunity you have for you to share your passion, and in this case it’s music.”
For freshman Lara Van Vuuren, this was her first time singing at Hard Rock. “I performed ‘This Is It’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen and ‘Valerie’ [by Amy Winehouse]. I just thought it would be a great opportunity for me.”
It certainly was, because along with the stage, lights, and full house, the musicians also received other perks. For junior Miguel Valiao it was “the free food vouchers!” Miguel performed “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Frank Loesser and a duet with sophomore Lizzy Farrell.
Lizzy kicked off the show with “Flowers” by Grouplove, which was one of the three solos she sang that night. Along with singing, Elisabeth managed to play ukulele as well as piano for one of the pieces. She said, “I chose to perform because Noah [Thomas] said it was one of the greatest performance opportunities he had taken, so I was like, ‘okay yeah sure.’”
Sophomores James Weidner and Isaac Ooi took a more rock ‘n roll route and played three songs, including “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “No One Knows” by Queens of Stone Age and the iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. James said, “I wanted to perform somewhere outside of school as well.”
The whole group was positive about the experience. Sophomore Lexi Swift said, “I think everyone had a lot of confidence, so it was really good.” Ruth summed it up for the group and said, “We did really well – I would [recommend it].”