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Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio w/ Tobin Chodos Quartet
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Join us for this special occasion with The Kei Akagi Trio, featuring Kei Akagi (piano), and from Japan, Shunya Wakai (bass), and Tamaya Honda (drums and percussion)

Special guests Tobin Chodos (piano), David Borgo (sax), Justin Grinnell (bass) and Andrew Munsey (drums).


The Trio was formed in 2000 and has given well over 300 performances. Its music is documented on six CDs. The band leader, Kei Akagi, has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over two decades. Perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980s, his career also includes extended associations with major figures such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola, and Airto Moreira.

Kei Akagi has also performed or recorded with Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Watts, Allan Holdsworth, and others.

Akagi has recorded 13 CDs as a solo artist and leader. As a sideman and accompanist, he is on over 60 CDs worldwide, including Miles Davis last recorded works. He has also written numerous original works for his own and others recordings, with over 60 compositions currently in publication.
Akagis performance schedule revolves around two major international concert tours a year. As Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine, he oversees the jazz studies program, teaching jazz history, theory and composition, jazz piano, and performance. He is also a recipient of the distinguished title of UCI Chancellors Professor.


Shunya Wakai was born in 1988 in Aichi-ken, Japan. Upon entering Meiji University in Tokyo, he started playing the contrabass, and embarked on his professional career a year later. He is currently much in demand throughout Japan by major bands. He was the bassist on the recording Shiawasw Na Mori No Ghibli which was released on October 6, 2010. The recording was No.1 on Amazon, and reached fifth place for iTunes downloads, both within jazz music categories.

TAMAYA HONDA (drums & percussion)

Born 1969 in Tokyo, Tamaya Honda comes from a lineage of renowned Japanese jazz musicians. His father was pianist Takehiro Honda, a towering figure for decades in the world of jazz. His mother, Chiko Honda, is an extremely popular jazz vocalist. Sadao Watanabe, an internationally renowned saxophonist, is his uncle. Surrounded by this background, it was only natural that Tamaya started playing drums while still a child. Tamayas drumming is both powerful and delicate, with a thoroughly modern musicality that transcends genres. He was an integral part of the band Native Sun, led by his father. One of Japans most popular bands during the electric era, Tamaya took part in numerous recordings and performances of this group. Tamaya has also played or recorded with luminaries such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Junior Mance, Kazumi Watanabe, Paul Jackson, and Sadao Watanabe. He has also toured internationally with his own groups, appearing as featured artist in major jazz festivals in Asia and Europe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Genre: Electronic
Band Members: Branden and Jared
Hometown: Los Angeles

Vindata is the brainchild of Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress based in Los Angeles, California. Blending rugged hip hop beats with deep r&b passions, and indie-pop sensibilities; the pair are on a mission to expand how we define dance music.

University Centers Presents: Color and Chill
Monday, April 17, 2017

Don't spend your money on expensive coloring books when you can head over to The Loft and color your hearts desire for FREE!

Head over to The Loft on Monday, April 17 and de-stress from your long day of classes with some coloring! All materials (coloring pages, coloring pencils, and markers) will be provided!!!


No Agenda: A Group Art Show
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Doors 6:30pm / Show 6pm

Come for an evening of art, music and libations. Tour newest works of professional artists Andrew Smith, Bat Malle, Jared Lazar and Rachel Smith as they speak to UCSD visual art students on what it is to be a professional artist in today's world.

Bomb Squad feat. Steve McKinney & The SureFire Horns w/ Chugboat
Friday, April 14, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Tickets available at the entrance. $10 advance / $13 at the door.

Join us for Bomb Squad featuring Steve McKinney & The SureFire Horns, with special guests, Chugboat!

ArtPower Presents: Tribu BaharĂș After Party
Thursday, April 13, 2017
$9.00 UCSD students / $30.00 general / $25.00 reserved

ArtPower presents
Tribu Bahar After Party
Thursday, April 13, at 8 pm

Early Bird: $25 ; Regular: $30
UCSD Students: $9

Join us after the performance and celebrate with ArtPower artists at The Loft. Beverages will be available to purchase from Zanzibar. Open to Tribu Bahar ticket holders only.

More Info: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/tribu-baharu/
Tickets: https://ucsdboxoffice.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=C0EBE011-E875-4ADE-8228-AF20CD869F8D

Sun God Battle of the Bands
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Congrats to Graham Elliot, Lenis, Light Years Ahead, and Triton Eye for advancing to the ASCE Battle of the Bands!

Come to the Loft on April 12, 2017 to watch the 4 acts perform and battle it out for the 30 minute opening set on the MAIN STAGE at the Sun God Festival!

Doors: 7:30PM
Show: 8:00PM

Questions? Contact ascefestivals@ucsd.edu.

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Spring Fest 2017: Cretures w/ Oeyvind Brandtsegg + Kyle Motl Trio
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm

The UCSD Department of Music, in collaboration with The Graduate Student Associatin, UCSD, presents Spring Fest, featuring CREATURES featuring Oeyvind Brandtsegg, followed by The Kyle Motl, Kjell Nordeson, Tobin Chodos Trio.

Free Event. Everyone Welcomed!

Gavin Turek w/ Trishes
Monday, April 10, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Tickets on sale at the Entrance. See you all tonight!!

Genre: Soulful Genuine Pop
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Location: Your Heart
About: I am one spunky lady and a no one-trick pony

Bio: Its impossible not to become infatuated with soulful pop princess Gavin Turek. The LA Native is always clad in a hand-made 70s fringe dress (designed herself in every color) and armed with the best dance moves youve ever seen. Its easy to draw comparisons anywhere from Tina Turner to Beyonc but really, Gavin is her own force to be reckoned with. Performing always came natural: she grew up with a father who played piano and tagging alongside her mother, who toured coffeeshops singing gospel. Her origin story goes like this: at age three, a teeny tiny Gavin interrupted her mother mid performance, took over the mic and to the astonishment of the audience, finished the song for her. She knew every single lyric, word for word, and whoa, that girl could sing. Suffice to say, a star was born.

Growing up, Gavin obsessively studied two things: music (the likes of Donna Summer, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Diana Ross. Michael Jackson, Giorgio Moroder) and all forms of dance. Originally aspiring to be a professional dancer, she spent months at a time in India and Africa, immersing herself in different cultures. Ghana was where Gavin first discovered her love for fringe and learned that the popular disco-era fad had much deeper origins. Everyday while in Ghana, Gavin learned and performed the traditional dances of the northern region, with falling in love with their massive fringe belts that moved with the music and drums as an extension of body and spirit. As Gavin jokingly told Nylon Magazine, fringe really makes your hips look good and accentuates the movements. Another great discovery for her was that in other cultures, dance is much more than a form entertainment, it is a way of life. It is used to celebrate births, weddings, religious worships, achievements and even deaths and afterlife. Upon returning to the United States, Gavin eventually returned to singing and songwriting as her main medium of expression, but when the time came to perform her own music, dance and fringe costumes naturally became a vital component for her live shows.
Two special artists in particular became champions early on for Gavin. Brainfeeder genius TOKiMONSTA has been a longtime friend and collaborator. Early on in both their careers, she asked Gavin to contribute vocals to her productions, which lead to the fan favorite track Darkest Dim. Mayer Hawthorne was next, not only inviting Gavin to open his sold out tours but recruiting her as the female counterpart in his retro funk act Tuxedo with producer Jake Uno. (You may recognize her as the golden disco goddess gracing the stage with them everywhere from the legendary Hollywood Bowl to Japan).

In 2015, word of mouth about Gavins music and electric live shows spread with the release of her electro R&B infused mini-album Youre Invited produced by TOKiMONSTA. The girl power duo followed the release with a sold out tour and received accolades from Billboard, NPR, The Fader, Apple / Beats 1, KCRW, etc. That year, Spin named Gavin as the summers Top Artist to Watch and her disco funk-tinged single "Dont Fight It as one of the best tracks of 2015.

By 2016, Gavins star quality was undeniable. She dominated the stage with guest performances at legendary festivals such as Outside Lands and Coachella and late night performances on Jimmy Kimmel with Mayer Hawthorne and Cee Lo. Her crowning achievement this past year began with the release of her single On the Line (produced by Chris Hartz of Passion Pit) last May. In support of the release, she played a beyond sold-out month long residency in Los Angeles. The long time venue promoter said he had never seen anything like it in LA, with lines wrapped around the block in hopes of catching Gavin perform what would soon become her new EP Good Look for You. On the Line premiered #1 on HypeMachine very organically thanks to dedicated love from the hippest underground blogs and airplay from six of KCRWs top tastemakers. KCRW DJ Anne Lit proclaimed it the song of the summer.
Gavin preps now to release her EP Good Look for You February 17 via her own label Madame Gold Records. A self starter and entrepreneur whose mission is to inspire women of all ages and ethnicities, Madame Gold continues the tradition of female greats taking the reigns of their own success. Gavin considers it an homage to the artists she admires most: Solange, Jannelle Monae and TOKiMONSTA. The EPs single Good Look for You (November, 2016) already has garnered attention from Stereogum, Nylon, Okayplayer, etc and the EP release will be celebrated with a live KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic in-studio session and release parties in both Los Angeles and New York this February.

Nowruz Celebration: Iranian New Year
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm

Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) & After party with music performances by UCSD Students, dance performances by Persian Dance Academy,
after party by legendary DJ Mohsen

Bites & Beverages are available for purchase at Zanzibar at the Loft

This event is FREE and Open to the Public.

ASCE Presents: Michl
Friday, April 7, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

Genre: Indie Electronic/Alternative
Feels like: Muramasa, Kiiara, SG Lewis, Imad Royal, Blackbear

The mysterious up & comer Michl has left an imprint with his six original tracks filled to the brim with raw emotion and incredible production. With his self-titled debut release boasting millions of streams, Michl brings his live show to the Loft.

OR avoid the online fees by going to the box office itself at PC plaza on the UCSD campus.

Log into your UCSD student account under UCSD Discounts to get the student priced ticket.

Tickets will also be available at doors beginning at 8 PM

Poetic Landscapes: Indigenous Poetry and Spoken Word
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Doors 7pm / Show 7pm

Join us for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and storytelling by Indigenous writers and performers. Participants include Diana Cervera, Casandra Lopez, Amrah Salomon, Lehua Taitano & The Rincon Youth Storytellers, plus welcomed UCSD students, staff and faculty. Open Mic night included!

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and The California Native America Day Committee

Post-Doc Assoction Presents: Mad Max: Fury Road (movie)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Join the Post-Doc Association, UCSD, for a FREE screening of Mad Max: Fury Road.

Bio ~
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) stars in the title role in Mad Max: Fury Road the fourth in the franchises history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zo Kravitz (Divergent) plays Toast, Riley Keough (Magic Mike) is Capable, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid, and supermodel Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.

The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (Happy Feet) is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell (Babe, Happy Feet), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (The English Patient), production designer Colin Gibson (Babe), editor Margaret Sixel (Happy Feet), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (A Room with a View), action unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris (Australia), and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (Knowing).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, Mad Max: Fury Road. The film is scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zo Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton

Directed By:
George Miller

Written By:
Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris

Produced By:
George Miller, Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten; Executive producers Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman

Masego w/ Lege Kale, PRVDNT, Olu Bliss
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$8.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

Hailing from Jamaica and repping Virginia, Masego is a self-taught multiinstrumentalist combining energy and elegance into his unique blend of Trap House Jazz. Between last years Pink Polo EP lauded as booming and ethereal and his summer project Loose Thoughts, Masego seamlessly laces effervescent scat vocals over danceable beats that swing hips and nod heads.

Monday, April 3, 2017
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

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.

You can sign up to perform up to a 10 min. set here: tinyurl.com/BlabbermouthSignUps

Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

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