Midnight Meals and Jack Garno

By Connor Cavanaugh


Jack Garno playing his Taylor acoustic guitar in Irazu Coffee.
Photo by Connor Cavanaugh.

Irazu coffee shop was almost completely filled with students, both sitting and standing, by the time Elon sophomore Jack Garno stepped up to the microphone. Over the next half hour, Garno performed a mix of original songs, as well as popular covers, just the man and his guitar.

Irazu Coffee, Elon University’s on campus coffee shop, hosts Midnight Meals every Thursday night, put on by Elon’s Student Union Board. Jack’s performance at the Sept. 26 iteration was his first Midnight Meals appearance as a solo artist.

“I felt in my comfort zone, and my friend Ethan was running sound for me,” said Garno. “Overall I think there was a good reception from the songs, especially ‘Wagon Wheel’ which is a crowd pleaser.”

Garno’s set contained two original songs, “Meditation” and “The Castle,” as well as covers of John Mayer’s “Neon,” Dispatch’s “Time Served,” Porcupine Tree’s “Blackest Eyes” and a crowd sing-along to “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show.

“’Meditation’ is an open airy feeling guitar part with some soothing vocals so it kind of relates to the title of the song,” said Garno.  “The transition into freshman year is hectic, and you get swamped down and kind of freak out, so the song came from that.”

“At the same time, I try and write lyrics that can relate to other people in different ways.”

“’The Castle’ is about small things having a large effect,” said Garno. “I wrote that song with a band in high school, so I had to transform it for an acoustic guitar performance.”

Garno felt the cover songs he played were very well received by the crowd.

“Neon, I’ll be honest, was the hardest song I’ve ever tried to figure out,” said Garno, “I feel like it captures your attention right away because its an interesting, cool riff.”

Garno will be playing the Alpha Omicron Pi event “Rock On Omicron” on Oct. 30, in Irazu coffee shop.

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