The lobby of Edwards Hall was filled with the sounds of acoustic guitars and the voices of three students Friday. Gabe Guerra, Erin Daughtery, and Spencer Goudeau displayed their musical talents as a part of a concert series held in Edwards Hall.
“I thought it would be a good way to bring people together on a Friday night,” said Jordan Bunch, residence director for Edwards. “It’s for people who didn’t want to spend money on going to the movies.”
Bunch formed the Edwards concert series, in its second semester, after seeing Monk’s packed with ACU students.
“Every student needs to have their voice heard; we’ve provided a safe and creative environment to do that,” Bunch said.
Bunch thought installing a stage in Edwards would make it more convenient for students to have a concert and sell their CDs and have a venue to express their talents.
“We wanted to do something different,” Bunch said. “Something that would give people more options.”
Guerra, a freshman psychology major from Edinburg, said performing allows him to evolve as a musician.
“Every time I get a chance to perform, I get a chance to grow,” Guerra said.Â “It’s a stretching experience.”
Guerra covered songs from Coldplay, The Shins, The Avett Brothers, Miike Snow and Ray LaMontagne in his set Friday night.
“I feel like this year has been a chance to figure out what I like in music,” Guerra said.
Guerra’s mother enrolled him in piano lessons when he was seven and guitar and voice lessons when he was 12. Although, he credits his uncle for influencing him into music and helping him find his calling.
“What really helped me was I let myself love it,” Guerra said. “Let yourself get passionate about it.”
Later this month, E5 Crew and M.A.Double are scheduled to perform as a part of the series.
To find out about other upcoming concerts and events in Edwards Hall, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/EdwardsHall or follow them on twitter, @ACU_Edwards.