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Music Club hosts open mic night for Wolfram Syndrome

FGCU’s Music Club will be hosting an open mic night on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Veterans Pavilion on the library lawn.

This open mic is also a fundraiser to benefit people with Wolfram Syndrome. Nick Pagan, an FGCU alumnus who has Wolfram Syndrome, will speak and perform at this event.

“I have really bad eyesight,” Pagan said. “I will never be able to drive. Unless enough money is raised to do research, maybe they will come up with something to fix my eyes. Due to the diabetes, I have to stick myself with many needles every day.”

Brad Talbot, the president of Music Club and a friend of Pagan, organized the event with Pagan.

“It’s pretty nice how it’s out on the library lawn,” Talbot said. “It’s always good to support and meet local musicians.”

Talbot looks forward to Pagan’s performance.

“Nick Pagan has been with Music Club all the way until he graduated, probably a year ago,” Talbot said. “He is kind of like our mascot because we had a song that we would play for him. Everybody knows it in our club.”

Talbot said that Pagan’s performance would see him sing, but Pagan assures that he will only perform an instrumental.

“I can ensure I’m not going to be singing,” Pagan said. “If I did, the event would clear out.”

This event will showcase a series of volunteering FGCU performers. The Music Club will also collect money at the event for the Snow Foundation for research into treatment for Wolfram Syndrome. This disease is a rare form of diabetes that affects many of the body’s organs.

“He told me he was looking for money to help fundraise for the Snow Foundation,” Talbot said. “I said, ‘I could give you 20 bucks, or I could make a fundraiser about it.”’

Pagan will be performing two original songs at the event. He will play rhythm guitar and potentially have his friend and FGCU alumnus, Tim Bicknese, perform lead guitar with him.

The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To get more information about the event or sign up to perform, contact Talbot at 239-273-1040 or bmtalbott0281@eagle.fgcu.edu.

“I am very thankful for whoever shows up to the event, whoever donates,” Pagan said. “Words can’t express how thankful I will be for that.”

About The Author

Luke Janke

Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.

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