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Friday, Sep 30
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Join us for a night of salsa dancing, with free food, live band, dance instructions and lots of fun. All UCSD students and guests are welcome!

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Saturday, Oct 1
Doors 8:30pm / Show 9pm
FREE

DVC and Sixth College Student Council present the ultimate Neon Dance Experience, featuring UCSD's top DJs and sound selections that are sure to get you dancing. Come early! The first 200 visitors will receive free 3D glasses for the full, vibrant, and colorful experience.

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Monday, Oct 3
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

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Tuesday, Oct 4
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
FREE

Come join us at The Loft, UCSD for our first Fall quarter Trivia Night, hosted by Sunset Triva and the GSA.

We'll be starting at 6 PM, so bring your friends and your brains for a night of good food, good drinks and trivia excitement.

Everyone welcomed!

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Wednesday, Oct 5
3pm
FREE

The All-Campus Transfer Association (ACTA) and the All-Campus Commuter Board (ACCB) teamed up to bring you a social mixer to kick-off the new school year. Come by for a combination of fresh DJ selections, a live performance featuring Paradise, free food, free raffle items, free major Loft and University Centers show tickets, and a chance to meet new friends for this upcoming year.

We would like to encourage all transfer and commuter students to be here, but everyone is welcome.

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Wednesday, Oct 5
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Tatsuya Nakatani Solo + Trio

Tatsuya Nakatani: percussion, drums, gongs, bowls
Sam Dunscombe: clarinets
Kyle Motl: contrabass

Presented by the Department of Music, UCSD & The Loft, UCSD

Artist Bio ~

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nakatani's constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

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Friday, Oct 7
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Come join us after the Roaming Social with ECE!! This event is open to everyone, on and off-campus guests, all students, friends and family welcomed.

Nothing Special
featuring ~
Alex Georges - Drums
Peter Kissin - Guitar
Kevin Cremin - Acoustic Guitar
Erik Anderson - Bass
Natalia Hill - Vocals
Tsukasa Takahashi - Trumpet
Ryland Fallon - Saxophone
Kirk Wang - Trombone

Special Guest: Kid Wilderness
FREE SHOW!!!

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Sunday, Oct 9
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

From the innovators of "The Art Of Flight" comes a documentary about the iconic snowboarder Travis Rice.

The production of the movie started in 2013.

Director: Jon Klaczkiewicz
Writer: Melissa Larsen (story editor)
Stars: Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Mark Landvik

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Tuesday, Oct 11
Doors 7pm / Show 7pm
FREE
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Wednesday, Oct 12
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

In little under two years, blue-eyed soul duo HONNE have become the band to fall in love with, and to. Unsuspecting frontman Andy Clutterbuck – often witness to more than he bargained for as the band’s sensual grooves ripple through certain pockets of the crowd – senses it, too. “We get a lot of people coming up to us afterwards telling us that a track has soundtracked their relationship, from meeting online to their first date, and from break-ups to having babies.” In their very British, buttoned-up appearance, HONNE don’t strike you as the type to open up about anything this intimate, which is precisely the point – ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ is an album where expressing feelings may not come naturally, but one which nonetheless strives for real love in the digital age.

Musically, HONNE takes heavy influence from the late 70s/early 80s soul and funk of Quincy Jones, together with
crooning, contemporary electro-R&B like James Blake or Frank Ocean. ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ introduced a sound which has become instantly-identifiable as HONNE’s. In Andy, too, the band have a singer of remarkable depth, whose emotional restraint and veneer of self-control would mirror the keep-calm-and- carry-on attitude underlining their snapshots of modern romance.

Over 20 million Spotify streams, several Hype Machine number 1s and sell-out worldwide tours later, HONNE are writing songs which feel both quintessentially of the moment yet charmingly gentleman-like in their worldview. Their debut album captures, they say, “the good days and bad of relationships in 2016” - a time where we’re told to settle for nothing less than a soulmate and yet risk treating dating like any other online experience, browsing endlessly, swiping left or right, and weighing up any of the overwhelming number of choices all around us.

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Thursday, Oct 13
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

Internet sensation Shawn Wasabi is a 21 yo producer from Salinas, CA. He started his passion into the world of pushing buttons when his childhood friend Sushi Killer left his Midi Fighter 3D over at his house in April of 2013 to play around with and eventually create the live mashup Pizza Rolls.

Since then, he has established an internet fanbase and reputation as one of the most dynamic controllerists around pushing buttons for the internet and for fans in cities internationally. He awed the internet world once again with his latest release of Marble Soda, which hit 1 million views within 48 hours of being uploaded.

asce.ucsd.edu

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Friday, Oct 14
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Kick of the weekend right, with two great bands, dancing, and food and drink specials. Free show!

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Saturday, Oct 15
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Be sure to show up at 7PM to sign up and hang out! The night will consist of several performances, including the Musicians' Club game show.

Meet friends. Experience music. Engage your soul.

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Monday, Oct 17
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

The Loft will be open (pre-show), prior to ballroom doors for electronic production artist, STWO, performing at Price Center Ballroom, East, UCSD.

See ticket link below for STWO at Price Center Ballroom East.

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Tuesday, Oct 18
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Join us as we break out the board games and make room for a good old-fashioned night of fun. To add to the fun, we also provide you with discounts on top-notch brews and delicious flatbreads. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and All Campus Transfer Association (ACTA) will be hosting the event! Board and Brew, as always, is open to everyone. Bring your game and bring friends - we'll provide the rest (board game options provided).

Event: 7PM

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Wednesday, Oct 19
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Do you have a talent you want the world to see? Come to You at the Loft and share it with us! Don't have a talent but want to watch others perform? Come on by and enjoy some great performances.

We welcome all performances including music, comedy, spoken word, rants, and everything else!

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Thursday, Oct 20
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Hailing from Los Angeles, Bee's Knees is Aaron Spiro and Adam Novodor. The production duo has topped the Hype Machine charts with their feel-good dance remixes, alongside sharing the stage with Chill Harris and Oliver
Heldens. Their Variety Pack EP is out now on Sexy Electric. See you at the show!

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Monday, Oct 24
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Join us for this special occasion, featuring

Alan Ferber - trombone
Jon Gordon - alto sax
Joshua White - keys
Matt Pavolka - bass
Mark Ferber - drums

Special Guests:
Drew Ceccato - saxes
T.J. Borden - cello
Kyle Motl - bass
Juan Rubio - drums

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Saturday, Oct 29
Doors 3pm / Show 3pm
FREE

Following in the steps of Dillon Cheung &
Patrick Chuon, DP has evolved into one of the most spirited dance competitions at UCSD. Join in the action, or come out and support your fellow students at their best.

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Monday, Oct 31
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by having a Halloween dance? Come out to The Loft and show off all your scary-good dance moves! Feel free to dress up and show us your awesome costumes!

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Thursday, Nov 3
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Join us for this special occasion!

Artist Bio ~

“…left an indelible impression — her tone limber and personal, and her ideas deftly executed.” —NBC News SD

Traveling the spaces between new music, improvisation and performance art, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards examines the physical, visual and auditory interactions of live music performance. As reflected in her recently commissioned works, Rotations for twelve choreographed musicians and carousel organ and Trading Futures for six hundred choreographed found sound surfaces, Stephanie’s theatrical tendencies often result in compositional collaborations of sound, sight and movement.

Stephanie has become a prominent voice in experimental improvisation, collaborating with artists such as improvisational pioneers Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, composer Helmut Lachenmann and performance artists Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono. As a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the new music collective Bang on a Can, Stephanie has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, Tyondai Braxton among others, and has also performed alongside Kronos Quartet, The Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak and Common.

Championing new music, Stephanie has premiered her own works from stages as varied as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to smaller iconic stages at the Blue Note and The Stone. While her performances survey a panorama of musical genres ranging from free improvisation, jazz, hip hop, punk and contemporary classical music, it is the collaboration with space and surface that unifies Stephanie’s creative pursuits. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University, California Institute of the Arts and has held residency at Stanford University. A recent addition to the faculty of music at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Stephanie continues to encourage the performance and commissioning of jazz and new music as Vice-President of the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas.

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Saturday, Nov 5
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

On their third studio album Sir Nebula, TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist/organist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.

From the hazy atmospherics of “Time’s Up” and soaring riffs of “Program Select” to the urgent rhythms of “Shenanigans” and sprawling melodies of “Where You Are,” Sir Nebula finds TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. “The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything we’ve done before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound,” says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also deliver the dynamic tension-and-release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”).

Throughout Sir Nebula—the follow-up to their 2015 live double album HEADROOM—TAUK allow a more free-form, instinct-guided approach to steer their music into bold new directions. “With this record, we felt more comfortable in the studio and got to a new level where we were able to constantly feed off each other, so there was a lot of spur-of-the-moment improvisation that really helped shape the album,” says Jalbert. Adds Carter: “We made a point of trying to express ourselves freely and take risks even when that felt challenging and scary, instead of holding ourselves back and possibly taking something away from the songs.” At the same time, TAUK sharpened their songwriting to craft more intricately layered arrangements and powerfully intense grooves.

As with their past four releases, TAUK created Sir Nebula in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). But in a departure from their previous work, the band made the album in one concentrated period rather than spacing the recording sessions out in between tours. Holing up at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles, often pulling 12-hour workdays, TAUK ultimately found the revamped recording process hugely beneficial. “Everything just happened so naturally this time around,” says Jalbert. “I can’t think of one moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely focused and in the same mindset, which made it this incredibly fun and smooth experience.”

TAUK’s creative connection traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup.

“We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a connection onstage that’s unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy within the band and from the response coming from the crowd—all these people in the same exact headspace.”

Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands (including Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Tim Reynolds & TR3), in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. “We’re doing 140 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so there’s a healthy respect and trust and love happening there,” he says. “We all have a common goal and an understanding that this is something we’re compelled to do, and that’s definitely brought us close together.” It’s also helped TAUK develop a reputation as a masterful live act: “TAUK is unstoppable,” raved Live for Live Music. “If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.”

Now on the road again (with upcoming dates including a two-night stint at the Brooklyn Bowl and spots on the Hangtown Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, and Catskill Chill Music Festival), TAUK also have plans to widen their output by composing scores for film and television. In the meantime, the band is focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless passion that powered the making of Sir Nebula. “Growing up together as
musicians and collectively going on this journey—that’s what makes this experience really special,” says Jalbert of TAUK’s continued evolution. “It’s like everything we’ve learned over the years has been funneled into this band, and now it’s taking shape in a really exciting way. We all love what we’re doing, and the band just feels like home.”

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Monday, Nov 7
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

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Thursday, Nov 10
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

SALES is the collaboration between long time friends Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih.

The Florida indie pop duo self-released their eponymous six-track debut EP on September 22, 2014 featuring the singles “renee”, “chinese new year”, “vow”, and “getting it on”, and were named “Ones to Watch” by Hype Machine + BBC Radio 6 Music. So far, the songs on SALES EP have over 2.5 million streams on Soundcloud and over 6 million streams on Spotify. They have since headlined tours in the US, Canada, and Europe, selling out concerts in many major cities.

Embracing a DIY ethic, their long-awaited fifteen-track debut album, SALES LP, was self-released on April 20, 2016 along with the singles “big sis”, “jamz”, and “ivy”. The intimate album is an homage to their limitations with time, equipment, money, and space. Working on music tirelessly by moonlight between dead-end jobs, both the LP and EP were recorded from an apartment bedroom studio. The LP was produced, mixed, and mastered by SALES, and created under the duo’s “as is” approach to music — each track explores new territory as they heavily rely on experimentation within their artistic process, whether it is switching lead guitarists, moving over to let someone else hold the mouse, recording vocals through Apple headphones (rather than the stellar SM7B), or inserting a 404 into a ballad.

The distinct sound the duo has created is minimal, yet meticulously crafted, emotive and incisive. SALES LP has caught the attention of Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, My Old Kentucky Blog, Crack in the Road, and many others. The addition of the SALES LP to their tiny repertoire is only the beginning of an ever-expanding sound, and a small step in a new approach to music: empowered by the digital listening experience, and completely independent of a record label.

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Tuesday, Nov 15
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Want to laugh the night away with some free stand-up comedy? Come out to The Loft and watch your fellow peers perform stand-up at COMEDY UNSCRIPTED, hosted by Professor Randy Hampton.

If you are interested in performing standup, sign up here: tinyurl.com/comedyunscripted

Randy Hampton is a Professor of Biological Sciences at UCSD. He was born just before cars evolved fins. He has been in front of audiences, classes, congregations, and courtrooms in numerous happy (and less so) circumstances for many years. It is safe to say he lives to share his worldly command of foolish excess with each and every one of you.

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