by Dylan Lasher
This past Thursday, Los Gatos High School put together a completely acoustic talent
show called Unplugged. Each year, it is hosted by a few students and features acts that range
from solos, teacher and student duets, and student-created band performances. Some students
play their instruments, like acoustic guitars, pianos, ukuleles and drums, while others sing a
capella in groups or all by themselves.
The hosts plan and write skits to entertain and give transitions between the student acts.
This year, current senior and previous Unplugged performer Jaydon Barnett explains his past
experience with Unplugged and states, “Last year, my previous band, The Duetrons played an
Islands tune and people seemed to dig it. This year I’ll be in two acts, the first of which is with
my current band, Mr. Sweet, and we plan on performing one of our new original songs.”
Unplugged, being an all acoustic show, tends to have a more mellow vibe when
juxtaposed with other performances put on by the school such as the Senior Talent Show, the
school musical, and Fractured Follies. For this reason, Barnett “think[s] unplugged is a great
chance to experiment with alternative ways to play a song and to try to "strip down" a song to its bare core. The foundation of any good song is a solid percussion fill and a catchy melody.” The
performances have continued to be outstanding throughout the years, and El Gato recommends
everyone come and see the spectacular performances.
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