Artist Chinua Hawk performs live at UPB coffee shop night


Chinua Hawk (left) performs and interacts with FMU students.

Megan Ogiltree, Staff Writer

The University Programming Board (UPB) hosted a coffee shop night on Tuesday Feb. 12 during homecoming weekfor students to listen to live music and have refreshments.

The lobby of the Smith University Center (UC) was transformed into a coffee shop at 7 p.m.  and live music was performed by artist Chinua Hawk.

Allison Pruitt, a junior mass communication major, said she was glad that she attended the coffee shop. She said that she thought Hawk had a great voice and that the coffee shop had the perfect, relaxing environment after a long day.

“The coffee shop was completely relaxing after my long Tuesday,” Pruitt said. “The music was great and created a good vibe and I really enjoyed the desserts.”

Hawk performed both original songs and covered songs during his performance. He was also accompanied by a friend playing the guitar.

Hawk covered songs from artists including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Gnarls Barkely and Bruno Mars. During his performance Hawk interacted with the crowd by asking them to sing along with him.

Hawk’s original songs came from his two CDs which featured songs on themes such as love and heartbreak.

A variety of refreshments were served to attendees by members of UPB.

Junior english major Kristina Marrasaid she also really enjoyed going to the coffee shop and thought that the University Programming Board did a great job putting it on.

“The performance was really relaxing and fun,” Marra said. “The student body seemed to really enjoy it and I loved participating in the performances.”

Hawk’s newest CD was available for purchase at the conclusion of the event.Hawk also gave away gifts to attendees which included cardsthat hada link to free download of songs from his CD.