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Christy Blevins

Students enjoyed free Cups coffee and nibbled on tasty snacks on Saturday, February 9, during Cody McGuire and Cory Campbell’s performance at The Cavern.  From 8:00 to 9:00, students tapped their toes with McGuire and then from a dozen or so students listened and sang along with Campbell.

McGuire took The Cavern stage and charmed the student audience with his laid back style of music.  McGuire’s set list included covers of Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.   His hour set also included many original songs including one he wrote for a friend. McGuire stayed light hearted during his performance standing the entire time. He recorded his own background beats during one performance and gained a loud applause from Roanoke students.

The attendance in the cavern had increased by the end of McGuire’s performance. At this point, Cory Campbell once again took the Cavern stage. This was not his first time performing at Roanoke.  Campbell took the stage in what one student deemed a “hipster soul singer” manner. Campbell quickly charmed the audience with jokes, jabs, and his music.  Campbell followed McGuire’s mostly original set list with a set list that consisted of covers of songs the audience could sing along with and only one or two originals.

Campbell performed many covers, including: “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Herbie Hancock’s “Stitched Up”, and Buddy Guy’s “Feels Like Rain”.  Campbell’s personal story and charm won him great applause from the audience. He even played an encore song for the students. He closed his performance off with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, and ending with Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights”. Both McGuire and Campbell talked with students and audience members after the last song.

CAB hosts coffee shop events in The Cavern such as these throughout the year.  Cavern has been filled with music over the past couple weekends due to not only the performances on Saturday, but also the Open Mic nights featuring students.

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