Live music, freshly squeezed lemonade and iced coffee can only mean one thing: Noon Tunes is back.
The Student Activities Board hosted this semester’s first Noon Tunes Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Students gathered outside the Stover Campus Center to hear live music from Steve Everett, singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.
Everett has performed at various Waynesburg University events in past years, but this year marked his second time performing at Noon Tunes.
“This is the sixth year that I’ve come back for Wing Night or one of the coffee shop nights or Noon Tunes,” Everett said.
The reason he keeps coming back is because he “love[s] it here.”
Everett not only loves the campus, but he’s made relationships with students who have encouraged him to come back year after year.
“Honestly, the first time I came, I made friends with some of the freshmen, and I kept coming back and seeing them graduate.”
Ivy Allen, sophomore advertising major and member of SAB, signed up to help out with the event because she enjoys listening to the music. She believes it’s a great event for other students to attend as well.
“It gets everybody out of their dorm, [gives them] something to do before class and the chance to sit outside the beehive and drink some lemonade,” Allen said.
Allen admitted she did not know Everett before attending the event but was pleased with his performance and music.
“He’s humorous and connects with the crowd,” said Allen. “I like [his music], it’s nice.”
Although Everett describes his music as “the kind of rock and roll that you can listen to with your grandma,” he hopes his listeners take away a positive message.
“I just have a positive message that I want to get out there to encourage people that you can keep going, and just talking about the power of music to put people on the right track.”
One of the songs that most stuck out to the crowd and is one of Everett’s personal favorites is his original song “Pick Your Head Up.” He particularly enjoys playing this song because he believes it “resonates with people.”
The song was written by Everett and his friend about female empowerment and was featured in the June edition of Rolling Stone.
“I woke up in Los Angeles in the middle of June…and basically just had a bunch of texts from friends that were like, ‘hey man congratulations.’ And I was like ‘What are you talking about?’ So, then they forwarded me the article to Rolling Stone.”
Being featured in Rolling Stone is not the only accomplishment Everett has had in the past year. He’s continued to tour throughout the United States and has performed in 49 states. In addition to his tour, Everett was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards.
For Everett, these accomplishments have already surpassed his 10-year-old dream of being a singer and songwriter.
“As far as 10-year-old me is concerned, I’m living the dream,” he said.
Despite reaching many of his childhood goals, Everett said, “I’m constantly shooting for the moon and hoping to land among the stars.”