SBCC hosts eclectic musicians for final ‘Music Now’ concert


Ryan Cullom

Catalina Bull sings during the final ‘Music Now’ concert on Friday, April 22, in the Garvin Theatre at Santa Barbara City College. ‘Music Now’ is a concert that presents a diverse collection of all types of music.

NATHAN BARRETT, Channels Staff

Friday marked the final “Music Now!” performance, as instructor Dom Camardella calls the show quits after many years of producing and directing the show on April 22 in the Garvin Theatre.

The concert was made up of City College music students in the electronic music and sound recording classes all taught by Camardella.

Ken Masuda started the show by singing his original song, “High Treason.” The song portrays a romantic partner hurting her love interest by cheating on him. Masuda’s song became alive as he belted out long soft words about love.

Rachel Koekkoek performed a cover of, “Stronger Than Me,” by Amy Winehouse. Her singing was great the entire time and she hit notes that really brought the soul out of the song. She also sang two other songs including a duet with City College student Arlanne Burquez.

Another outstanding cover was performed by Olivia Nitson, who sang, “All of Me,” by Billie Holiday. Nitson drew gasps as she sang the age-old song in a way that made you feel like you were in the late 40s. This was the best performance of the night because of the way she controlled her voice.

Linn Sandin offered a diverse range of songs. Sandin belted out metal-influenced songs she composed, and, in one song, sang a love ballad in a high unwavering voice.

The band, Surprise Me, from City College ended the show in a four song set showing their eclectic mix of electronic music. Carmadella helped form the band, and has worked closely with them.

The other two songs they played sounded like electronic versions of music from the band Foster The People with their upbeat lyrics. The lyrics were provocative and the song was sung in a way that was pleasant to the ear. They changed the approach to a slower song with longer solos.

The next show in the SBCC Music Spring Concert Series is the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the First United Methodist Church.