All right, University of Colorado, get ready for a diverse and somewhat mysterious semester of music on campus.
Program Council has plenty in the works to keep you entertained this spring, but a lot of it is still under wraps while they nail down contracts. Here's what they will say: There are going to be three big-talent shows that they expect to sell out.
“Next semester is going to be incredibly exciting for the CU campus,” talent buyer and Club 156 manager Patrick Moore said. “We haven't done a concert of this level since -- when was Dave Matthews? -- in ‘95.”
“It'll be probably almost comparable to some recent 1st Bank Center shows,” marketing coordinator Connie Redfield added.
It might be a little while until there are any announcements, so for now, students will just have to speculate (wildly, please). Program Council has a history of snagging some surprisingly well known talent. Last year, infectiously upbeat hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang headlined the Welcome Back Concert, and the year before, it was electro powerhouse Pretty Lights. Look even further back, and Program Council boasts shows from the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, R.E.M, the Ramones.
And don't worry, there are some more concrete plans for the spring.
Program Council is taking a local approach to booking shows at Old Main, with an added focus on booking folk music in particular. There's just one obstacle there: the sound system is outdated.
“Once that gets improved, then we can start pushing [for bands],” Moore said. “It's the perfect folk venue, to be honest.”
As CU's oldest building -- built in 1876 -- Old Main definitely has the right kind of quaint charm to house folk music. Plus, Redfield said, the building manager is currently installing new lighting.
Speaking of lighting, last semester Club 156 stepped up its lighting game last semester with a new top-of-the-line system. Program Council is looking to continue the success of last semester's new electronic music series. After recognizing the rapidly growing popularity of all things electro -- house, dubstep, drum and bass, glitch -- they started booking CU and Boulder DJs to play every other Friday at Club 156. This semester, they'll try to top themselves with the music and the light shows.
“We've been working on projections lately. They kinda look like lasers -- you take projectors and face them out toward the crowd,” Moore said. “We're basically going to start playing around and get it to be one of the more visually astounding things in Boulder.”
Club 156 will be booking a new roster of electronic acts, as well as some familiar faces, plus indie rock, folk and reggae bands.
“If it were up to me, I'd like to put every single genre through that club, but it's difficult to determine what the market wants,” Moore said. "Our goal is to remain a local-only venue so it'll remain financially feasible to pay for outside talent.”
The first of such local acts for next semester, scheduled for February 4, will be alt/pop band Taking Canyon and a pop/punk rockers Nautical Mile.
“I think the theme is ‘calling all local bands who want to play on campus,'” Redfield said.
You heard her. Bands looking for a gig on campus can send a press kit to Moore and the rest of the team through the Program Council website's contact page.
On a non-music note (hah), Demetri Martin is coming to Macky Auditorium on February 5th. The decidedly odd comedian has written for Conan O'Brien and was a contributor for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. More recently, he's been weird-ing it up for laughs on his own show, "Important Things With Demetri Martin."
Tickets are already on sale for $39.50 at LiveNation.com and macky.colorado.edu.
There's no date yet for the announcement of the spring semester's big shows, but stay tuned to Program Council and the Colorado Daily. Fingers crossed for Nickelback! (Just kidding.)