On February 20- 21, the Baylor Community Service program hosted their annual Midwinter’s Night Blast, a concert where students jam to the student and faculty band known as The Nighthawks. All ticket sales supported the Jamaica Education Fund.
Midwinter’s Night Blast was, to put it succinctly, a blast. The band, The Nighthawks, performed a wide variety of music; from 1980’s throwbacks like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, to country favorites like “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show, to pop hits like “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, there was music aplenty for all musical tastes.
The Nighthawks consists of many talented singers and musicians. The band features Pete Robinson, the band’s founder, on the guitar; Bernal Fertel on the bass; John Lecce on the guitar; Ken Parks on the keyboard; Charlie Hooks on the banjo; and Christine Lau on the fiddle. Takisha Haynie was the lead vocalist, supported by backup vocalists Skylar Taylor ‘19, Jonyca Jiao ‘19, Sam Crouse ‘20, and Ms. Nina.
Jiao, a senior, performed as lead singer for one song, “Ain’t Nobody” by Jasmine Thompson. Her performance energized the crowd as she dramatically and passionately sung the song like a real rock star would. “I enjoy being on stage singing with other talented girls at the background. I am happy that I got a solo to sing this time and played with the stage,” said Jiao.
Indeed, the concert succeeded immensely, and all who attended experienced a wonderful evening. On Wednesday, The Nighthawks opened with “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, thus setting the excited mood for the night. After the last song, the crowd cheered for an encore, and The Nighthawks kindly obliged, ending the night with “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Charity-wise, the concert was a huge success as well. Midwinter’s Night Blast raises money for the Jamaica Education Fund, which sends kids in Jamaica to school. The Community Service Program runs the fund, and it also send students down to Jamaica on a community service trip. The concert raised about $700, which puts to total money raised for the Jamaica Education Fund at about $40,000. Not only was Midwinter’s Night Blast a fun and rewarding experience, it was also the promoter and partial founder of a great cause.