flashback friday: spring sing-ing 2000
Each Spring, UCLA puts on an epic all-campus talent show known simply as “Spring Sing.” It’s held in the outdoor tennis arena (the Los Angeles Tennis Center) on a usually warm Spring night in early May, and it’s really one of the highlights of that quarter in the midst of Spring quarter midterms. The history of the event is filled with memories of campus Greeks singing in a competition at the Hollywood Bowl, but now the modern incarnation is really just a fun talent-filled night of students showing their best and some silly skits mocking campus and the other campus across town. There are even celebrity guest judges (shout out to the eternally awesome judges like Mr. Belding and Rudy) and impromptu performances by the recipient of the George & Ira Gershwin award (hello Stevie Wonder in 2002)!
While I was an undergraduate student, the only recent historical success story of a former participant was that of Chris Hardwick (you know — host of that awesome MTV show Singled Out). But that all changed during my sophomore year. That’s when an epic battle was pitted against my friend Shalini’s roommate and this band of boys who called themselves Kara’s Flowers.
First up the lead singer and other people… competing in the “band” category…Kara’s Flowers…
… and then Shalini’s roommate… competing in the “solo” category…
When the award to “best band” when to a group that parodied Copa Cobana, I thought that Kara’s Flowers had totally wrapped up the Grand Sweepstakes prize. I didn’t say anything aloud, however, since I was sitting with Shalini and I figured she’d hit me after all of the practice hours she’d endured for her roomie’s performance.
But alas, along with winning the solo category award, Shalini’s roomie also took home the Grand Sweepstake prize that year. Sara Bareilles went on to win again in 2002 and 2003… pretty much becoming a legend of Spring Sing lore long before her first single came out. And then again, Kara’s Flowers had a pretty awesome year in 2002 as well when they changed their name to Maroon 5.
And after that… Spring Sing has just never quite been the same…
Just goes to show that UCLA produces greatness :) Love Spring Sing!
And she’s going to be there tonight too! A surprise last-minute judge. I miss Spring Sing!
wow! that’s pretty darn impressive!! are you still a fan of both/either?
have a great weekend, kim!
So funny! Dallas and I used to go see Kara’s Flowers all the time at Brew Co and I had class with the drummer… I remember when I first heard that they became Maroon 5. I was floored!
former bruin here – i loved spring sing! and was a huge fan of kara’s flowers, and of course, awaken and sara bareilles
I think you’re also forgetting to mention how one of our famous alum from Spring Sing just went on to win Top Shot!
I remember seeing Sara upstairs at Westwood Brew Co with her good friend who also was a counselor in the Chemistry Department back in the day. There were like 4 of us in the room…total. It. Was. Awesome.
Was it Spring Sing 1998, i believe…the Grand Sweepstakes Prize went to…Sigma Pi/AEPhi! Ahhhh, memories. =)