'The Icarus Account' performs coffee shop concert at GV

By Ashlyn Korienek | 1/18/17 10:16pm


GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Ty Turner performs with his band, The Icarus Account, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in The Grand River Room.

by Mackenzie Bush / Grand Valley Lanthorn

Exchanging witty remarks, rapping a reworked version of Nicki Minaj's “Super Bass” and covering artists like Ed Sheeran were only a few moments musicians Trey and Ty Turner shared with Grand Valley State University students.

After waiting nearly 45 minutes in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room, eager fans indulged in a relaxing, coffee shop-style concert Tuesday, Jan. 17, featuring the twin brothers who form the Icarus Account, an acoustic pop band.

Mackenzie Bush

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - The Icarus Account performs Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in The Grand River Room.

Mackenzie Bush

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Trey Turner performs with his band, The Icarus Account, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in The Grand River Room.

“We left sunny Florida for snowy Michigan,” Ty Turner said, greeting the audience. “So, it better be worth it.”

Shortly after, the musicians belted out a mashup of the Goo Goo Doll’s hit song “Iris,” Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Sorry” by pop artist Justin Bieber.

GVSU’s Spotlight Productions hosted the duo, who are Florida natives that write and record their own music.

The brothers recently released the album “Over the Moon” June 21, 2016, with a collection of upbeat songs like “Cherry Street” and heartfelt ballads like “Not Coming Home.”

“We are really looking forward to this show I think students are going to like it,” Alyssa Jones, music chair for Spotlight Productions, said before the show.

During the show, the brothers shared personal accounts for each original song and revealed the meaning. Trey joked about a past love his sister encountered, which led to the birth of the song “Chicago.”

“I wrote this song about a long lost love,” he said. “But I also have a long lost love in Chicago, it’s called deep dish pizza.”

Encouraging the audience to shout in approval, the duo held a short contest between three different songs promising to perform the one receiving the loudest cheers. The choices were amongst the artists Usher, Jason Mraz and Little Big Town.

Overwhelmingly, the crowd decided on a rendition of Jason Mraz’s love song “I Won’t Give Up.”

Closing their set around 9:45 p.m., the band played many crowd favorites like “So in Love” and initiated a crowd sing-along.

After the show, the musicians invited fans to a photo-op, with a chance to ask questions or buy merchandise.

Making for a cozy night indoors, students were able to enjoy an array of treats and hot beverages, which Jones said was a primary aspect to the concert’s success.

In addition, she said the up-close, personal aspect provides a positive atmosphere for those who do not want to attend the larger spring concert.

“It's a bit more of an intimate concert rather than the spring concert which is kind of for fun,” Jones said. “It's such a large event and it's super fun, but this is a little more relaxed — being close to the band.”

Addressing other upcoming events, Jones said Spotlight Productions will announce the headlining act for the 2017 spring concert within the next few months. The committee is still in the process of deliberation.

“Definitely keep an eye out we will have it coming,” she said.

For those interested in attending more of Spotlight Production’s events, visit www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/programming/.

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