Eleven artists will pass between the panels of speakers at the Festival of Books
The Fête du Livre is back, as is live music. From the immense Trojan talent available, 11 student and alumni acts were chosen to perform on the USC stage during the two-day festivities.
Let yourself be carried away by the music of folk-rock singer/songwriter Greta Pasqua, alumnus of Thornton School of Music, to start the day. Led by strong vocal melodies and guitar riffs, Pasqua’s music brings classic rock nostalgia into the modern era. Check out his sound with the live performance of his original song, “Just Like You”, on SoundCloud.
Groove to original R&B tracks from popular music major Jordyn Simone. Led by haunting riffs and soulful tone, Simone’s songs navigate the pain of heartbreak with stoic confidence that everything will be fine. Catch up on his discography by listening to his performances from his time on “The Voice” and streaming his new single, “Burn.”
Watch popular music major Sophia Rae perform a set of original music, accompanied only by her guitar. Drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell and Phoebe Bridgers, this New York native navigates deeply confessional lyrics with an angelic tone. Before you see her live, you can watch her perform originals on her Instagram @sophiarae.music.
With nearly 85,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, this indie-rock band of USC alumni is ready to get you dancing no matter how hot it gets. Their energy is sure to be a sweet escape from the stresses of finals or pre-graduation. You can stream their discography on Spotify and, if you want to see them again, keep up to date with the band on Instagram @sirpleaseband.
Listen to the oldest a cappella group on campus: The SoCal Vocals. The group boasts five International Collegiate A Cappella Championship wins (the most of all time) and notable alumni such as Scott Hoying of Pentatonix and Kaylah Sharve and Nina Nelson of Citizen Queen. Stream one of their eight studio albums to get a real taste of their talent.
You might want to learn how to salsa before attending Saturday’s final act. Made up of Thornton students in the jazz program, USC’s Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble performs popular Afro-Cuban music with an incredible big band and fleet of singers. After two years of coronavirus restrictions, the ensemble can finally play their full range of music
Latimer and Osborn
Don’t miss this bluegrass folk duo of USC alumni and “old-school country musicians” Laura Osborn and Cliff Latimer. Guided by acoustic guitar and mandolin, the duo’s harmonized vocals will send you back to simpler times. If you want to know where they played or see them again, follow them on Facebook under their band name.
See popular music major Sophia Dion perform a set of original country pop music. Hailing from Park City, Utah, this singer has a set of pipes and a knack for writing catchy choruses. She has performed across the United States, including at the Sundance Film Festival and in local summer concert series. Even before graduating, Dion was already prolific on Spotify.
Check out this senior Thornton’s set of original pop tracks. Inspired in equal parts by her R&B idols and her Egyptian heritage, Hannah Abrahim writes confessional and moving songs guided by precise vocal riffs. She’s currently working on releasing a debut EP, but for now, you can stream her 2019 single “Afterparty” on Spotify.
Groove to original music by indie-rock artist and USC student Jack Romero. If you’re an American Idol fan, you might have seen it pop up in Season 18, and if you like going to music festivals, like Austin City Limits or Summerfest, you might have already. seen playing. Otherwise, check out his latest song, “Two Boys in Love.”
Closing out the student performances, this South Asian a capella group is set to perform an exciting mix of popular Western and South Asian melodies. Made up entirely of South Asian USC students, this ensemble is known for its community involvement and frequent performances at campus venues, including Tommy’s Place.