It was a disappointing turnout for the first Live Music Friday event hosted by Humber College’s North campus bar, LinX Lounge last week as only one performer showed up.
A few Humber students occupied the bar stools when the event began at 2 p.m. rather than noon due to musicians cancelling their appearance. But the folk singer who did show awed the small crowd.
Second year paralegal student, Neel Narine compared University of Guelph-Humber student, Kylie Precepa’s voice to Canadian singer-songwriter, Sarah McLachlan.
“I didn’t know that this event was going on, but I walked in and her voice just hypnotized me,” Narine said.
Precepa’s 45-minute set featured many originals as well as two covers, “My, My, Hey, Hey” by Neil Young and Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene”.
“It’s always nice to have a few people in the crowd that you know are listening and engaging even if the rest are just playing pool or drinking,” Precepa said.
Some say the lack of advertising was the cause for the poor attendance, but LinX staff hopes word-of-mouth can be a strong tool towards getting more performers to come out for the weekly live music event.
“I think we just haven’t gotten enough people to know about it yet so I think as people use the word of mouth from seeing how great (Precepa) was, more performers will come out,” said assistant manager of LinX, Allie McKinnon.
Narine said more people need to come out to these events and support local musicians in all genres.
“If we don’t support local talent, we will never have artists like Nelly Furtado or The Weeknd or any one for that matter,” Narine said.
LinX staff say they plan to improve the advertising and continue to give Humber musicians a chance to showcase their talent.