A s if it weren't enough that CU students have the music scene of Boulder all over their streets and an even bigger scene just down the road in Denver, they've got a student organization bringing the shows right to campus.

CU's Program Council is a decades-old student organization that brings affordable entertainment to campus in the form of live music, movie screenings and other special events. It's all about bringing Buffs the films they want to see and the bands they want to hear for prices that won't bust the beer fund.

Last year, PC brought Robin Williams and Aziz Ansari to campus, presented free screenings of movies like "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey" and "Django Unchained," and brought a variety of locally and nationally known bands to campus venues. Last April, they had Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Balch Fieldhouse. Some of the 2011-12 school year's big-name headliners were Wyclef Jean, Eve 6 and MSTKRFT.

Welcomefest, which this year starred Chicago EMD trio Krewella, is traditionally PC's biggest event, with about 10,000 students packing Farrand Field to kick off the school year.

At the helm of PC this year, since former director Heather Starbuck graduated, is Brandon Fenner, and he's got plenty in store for campus entertainment.


"We're planning on bringing more comedy back both semesters, having a free show for students this upcoming semester in Balch Fieldhouse, and working on tons of Club 156 shows, including a new monthly electronic series to feature different genres and highlight local talent," Fenner said.

"On top of that, we're working on bringing tons of educational opportunities to campus, including continuing our success in collaborating with Elm & Oak Academy and bringing in other guest speakers that students will be very excited about."

Kelsey Gonzalez, left, and Patrick Moore, both of Program Council, work in Club 156 in the UMC in November 2012.
Kelsey Gonzalez, left, and Patrick Moore, both of Program Council, work in Club 156 in the UMC in November 2012. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Elm & Oak Academy, a Boulder record label and design house, had a successful start in its first year (last year), offering campus talks from local producer Paper Diamond, local electronic duo Big Gigantic, Elm & Oak artist Berk Visual, Madison House booking agent Jake Schneider and 11E1even Group manager Ben Baruch.

The show is completely student run, with a core staff of 16 and a slew of volunteers on the street team. If it seems like these students have great gigs, consider getting involved.

"Anyone interested in the music scene, or film, or really any aspect of the entertainment industry, we welcome them to help out with all of our events," Starbuck said last year.

"You really get a hands-on experience, because we do all the booking and the planning. It's been the best experience I've had at CU."