Five Times August swoons fans

By Grayce Turnbach
October 4, 2007

Submitted photo By Mary Kate Korp

Five Times August performed an acoustic set on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Jazzman’s Café.

24-year-old Brad Skistimas is the driving force behind this one-man band that emerged from Arlington, Texas.

As students arrived, they had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Skistimas before he made his way to the stage.

A little after 9 p.m., Five Times August began the show with the reminiscent breakup ballad, “It’s Over.”

Before Skistimas transitioned into the second song of the set he jokingly interacted with the audience.

“You’re a wild crowd, Cabrini kids,” Skistimas said. “There’s a little bit of room for a mosh pit up here if ya want.”

Four songs into the set, Skistimas explained the background of the song “Wherever,” which details the breakup with his ex-girlfriend at the age of 19.

Declaring that he is single, Skistimas appealed to the female audience members.

“For the next four minutes while I’m singing this song, I’m dating everyone that’s here.”

Skistimas continued the show playing a total of nine songs, including a cover of the theme song from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Following his performance, Skistimas took time out to greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs.

Manager of Five Times August Kelly Vandergriff was impressed with the turnout.

“Anytime you can bring out this many people on a Tuesday night, it’s a good thing.”

In a private interview after the show, Skistimas expressed why he prefers performing at colleges as opposed to other venues.

“Other venues you have the bar scene with alcohol involved where with college performances you know they are coming out just to see you.”

Skistimas was pleased with the turnout and was rewarded with positive feedback from newly found fans.

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