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The club See Northwood Live hosted a variety of musical acts at the third annual Oakfest on April 14. In case you missed it, read on for a recap of the night’s entertainment.
Northwood’s Jazz 2 Combo kicked off the set with a combination of jazz and blues. Many instrumentalists performed solos, showing off their musical prowess, before finishing strong with an unison performance.
Following Jazz 2 was the Chris Lee Trio, with junior Chris Lee on piano, sophomore Adharsh Subramanian on bass, local musician Aron Murillo on percussion and junior Kaylie Jacobs on vocals. The group performed a variety of classic jazz standards, including Ella Fitzgerald ballads.
Senior Sohini Halder, accompanying herself on keyboard, performed three originals, “The Underdogs,” “Hold Onto Me” and “The Traveler’s Song.” Her smooth soprano voice and melodious piano let both her musical and lyrical talents shine.
Sophomore Matthew Kim accompanied juniors Derek Kim and Ashley Chiang on guitar as they strummed and sang their way through a tender acoustic set, including crowd favorite “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Derek Kim, who was part of the group that started Oakfest in his freshman year, is already preparing for next year’s event.
Rounding out the first half of Oakfest was senior Marcus Redman. With an electric guitar and a loop pedal, Redman sang a mixture of Americana, folk, rock and blues music. According to Redman, he decided last year to try new things during senior year and to perform at Oakfest because of his love for guitar.
With the sun setting along the horizon, Oakfest resumed after a quick intermission with YouTube singing sensation Jasmine Clarke, who sang covers of popular songs including ones by artists Adele and Rihanna. She describes her style as a combination of pop, soul and R&B.
Alongside the talented Timberwolves, Oakfest also featured bands outside of Northwood, including Sundive, with junior Wesley Park, senior Harrison Lee, Rohit Dutta and Tony Maquilling of Woodbridge High School. According to Lee, the band jokingly describes themselves as a Smash Mouth cover band; when actually writing songs, the band does not conform to a single musical style, instead focusing on material that is fun for both performers and the audience.
Oakfest closed the night with a performance by Undecided Future, a funk/R&B band formed by Orange County School of the Arts (OSCA) alumni, that got the crowd moving with a catchy, high-energy set. Band members Matt Isaac, Matisse Pasillas, Cole Fredrick, Hayden Lykoski and Nick “The Stone” are Oakfest regulars, and got their start performing at local venues like Northwood.