Fresh from Hollywood and back in Rochester,
Alyssa Coco was featured as the entertainment for
CAB’s Friday Night in the RITz on September 12.
The Rochester native started playing piano at the
age of five and has been pursuing music ever since.
The singer and songwriter made it to Hollywood
on Season 7 of American Idol with a “thumbs up”
from Simon Cowell.
While a lot of students were at social gatherings
or studying for that pop quiz on Week 3, the lucky
ones at the RITz on Friday enjoyed a performance
by this star in the making; Everyone was there
for different reasons. Jessery Bengston, a third
year Computer Science major, came to see Coco
because he remembered her from American Idol,
while Stevie Ward, a first year Film and Animation
major, simply came for something interesting to
do on a Friday night.
The RITz was set up kind of like a coffee shop for
Coco’s set. The rice crispy treats that were given
away by CAB during the break were a nice addition
to the laid back mood. Coco’s semi-beaten Yamaha
keyboard and personalized base drum conveyed
her experience on stage. Even though her band has
only been together since her post-Idol experience
eight months ago, they gelled together in a
The piano songstress’ sound is like a combination
of Sarah Bareilles’ lyrics and a more upbeat Norah
Jones combined into one gifted 17-year-old artist.
Her set consisted of mostly covers with a few
original songs sprinkled into the mix. Coco’s cover
of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” (the song that
sent Coco to Hollywood on Idol) truly showcased
her vocal range, while her cover of “Sweet Child of
Mine” by Guns N’ Roses showed her ability to get
from behind her piano to “rock out.”
With the newness of the school year and the
fact that it was only week two of the quarter,
the audience wasn’t too large. Coco’s true support
was then made obvious; Her family and friends
were all present for the show. After her set,
fans were eager to meet her and get an autograph,
but many people visited her memorabilia stand
that consisted of black shirts, guitar pick necklaces,
and matching earrings, all with an “Alyssa Coco”
label, of course.
Coco said that American Idol was a great experience
and a nice title under her belt. She gets her
inspiration from artists like Colbie Cailllat and
Vanessa Carleton because “…they are just so
pure.” Her emulation of those artists is fitting,
as her image is just that: Pure. She is a very
sweet and down to earth girl who feels the
endless Rochester winters just like the rest of us.
She’s very happy and blessed to be doing what she
loves to do.
If you would like to find out more about Alyssa Coco,
read her blog, or hear some of her music, go to www.alyssacocomusic.com. To check out the schedule for
upcoming Friday Night in the RITz performances,
go to cab.rit.edu.