Country musician lights up Fasnacht Court

Brooke Grasso
Editorial Director

Bodies swayed on red picnic blankets to a live performance by musician Raquel Cole Wednesday in Fasnacht Court at the StarLit Picnic event put on by the Campus Activities Board.

More than 50 students enjoyed Cole’s guitar playing, while wrapped in blankets under the stars with their friends.

Cole was surrounded by white lights and candles, as she performed her first song of the night, “When Lonely Gets Too Close,” which she wrote herself.

“This is probably the cutest college show I have ever played at,” Cole said.

Cole is a singer and songwriter originally from British Colombia, but currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a musician, Cole is constantly traveling for performances around the country, but most often performs in Canada and Tennessee.

After a performance earlier in the week in Vancouver, British Columbia, she flew to California specifically to perform at the University of La Verne.

“I know that if I quit and went and did something else, music would always creep its way in,” Cole said. “It isn’t something I can’t not do.”

She spends most of her time writing music and playing instruments such as the mondolin in between her performances.

“It’s really cool to be able to create an experience and space for people to learn something about themselves or to be inspired,” Cole said.

Sophomore speech communications major and CAB concert chairwoman Alyssa Ramos put on the event.

Ramos originally saw Cole perform in Washington at the National Association of College Activities West conference in November.

She was interested in Cole’s voice because of its “twang” and the twist she puts on country music.

Ramos said that she does not usually enjoy country music, but admits that Cole’s voice makes it more enjoyable.

Freshman educational studies major Anyssa Ramirez and her friends came to the event wrapped in blankets to take a break from studying for the night.

“It is a good study break in the middle of the night when we are trying to get things done,” Ramirez said. “(My friend) is trying to write a paper and I am trying to learn my music for choir, so we thought, good food and good people, so why not?”

Chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese and sandwiches were just some of the many free food options available for students to eat while they listened to Cole’s music.

After singing some of her original pieces, Cole encouraged the audience to get involved in the performance by teaching them the words so that they could sing along with her.

She also sang some songs that they would recognize, such as “Ex’s and Oh’s,” by Elle King.

Senior kinesiology major Elisabeth Loera has not been to many CAB events since her sophomore year, but believes the picnic was well put together and she enjoyed Cole’s performance.

“Her voice is catchy, unique and soft,” Loera said.

Brooke Grasso can be reached at brooke.grasso@laverne.edu.

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