Upcoming Events

Past Events

The Beat Concert
Friday, March 10, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm

It's that time of year when The Beat @ UCSD brings back our annual WINTER CONCERT! Dance the night away to this a cappella extravaganza because we've got some awesome new music perfect for getting good vibes on! There will be SPECIAL GUESTS from SDSU and UCSD performing, so come out and groove to our spunky show!!

SoundWave SDSU Co-ed A Cappella
UCSD Daughters of Triton

The best part: it's ABSOLUTELY FREE + open to EVERYONE!

TEDxUCSD Presents:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm


FREE for all students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Limited capacity. First come, first served, space is limited, per venue capacity.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Join us for our TEDxUCSD salon event, an event with much smaller audience than a standard TEDx event. Salons bring attendees together in more intimate spaces, and with more chances to get know and exchange ideas with each other.

COMEDY UNSCRIPTED - Hosted by Professor Randy Hampton
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm

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 stand-up, sign up here:

Monday, March 6, 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

Santos Orellana Artist Reception
Monday, March 6, 2017

Join us for a special artist reception and meet & greet for Santos Orellena. Get a chance to meet and talk to Orellena about his art and exhibit being displayed in The Loft!

Orellena is a scientist turned artist who produces works of art using vibrant colors and bold outlines. These glyph-like designs are reminiscent of Mesoamerican times which in essence define him. And through this concept Santos is able to relate his story as well as provide social commentary of these times.

Exhibit Description: A series of 18 pieces that were originally made in 2013 to commemorate the date in which the Latino race became the majority of the population in the state of California. This Collection entitled Reflexiones (Reflections) was first shown in its entirety at Santos Fine Art Galleries in June 2013. It now takes on a different context at the University of California San Diego since the Latino race currently deals with a massive series of events under the new political administration in the United States of America.

Native Symposium featuring Frank Waln & Tayaya Winder
Friday, March 3, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm

Join us for this special night, featuring Hip Hop artist, Frank Waln, with poet, Tanaya Winder.

Native Symposium is sponsored by The Intertribal Resource Center, The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Deptment of Ethnic Studies, UCSD.

Akiko Tsuruga, Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $15.00 general / FREE reserved

Tickets Available Online and at Entrance to Show!

Akiko Tsuruga - hammond B-3
Graham Dechter - guitar
Jeff Hamilton - drums

Special UCSD Guests:
Josh Charney - keys
Tommy Babin - bass
Andrew Lessman - drums

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm

Tickets on Sale soon!
On line: www.ucsdboxoffice.com
By Phone: 858-534-8497

General Admission Advance: $15.00
General Admission Door: $20.00
UCSD Student: Free w/ Valid ID

Akiko Tsuruga Bio ~

AKIKO has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since 2001. Being of Japanese origin, this talented musician began playing the Organ at the age of three. She launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living in Osaka, she had opportunities to play with world-renowned jazz
musicians from the United States. Grady Tate, in particular, had the strongest influence on her professional career and convinced her to move to the U. S, and performed on her
Japanese debut album. Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of Akikos greatest mentors, and she considers him as her biggest influence.

Early in her New York career, she had the great pleasure to play several gigs with Frank Wess and Jimmy Cobb. While she has made a great reputation performing with her own band, she has also enhanced her name on the jazz scene playing with Lou Donaldson at Carnegie Hall, as well as jazz festivals and jazz clubs all over the world, including tours in Japan. Going to Europe with Lou Donaldson has become an annual event for her since 2012.

ArtPower Presents: I Wish
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general / FREE reserved

ArtPower presents
I Wish
7 pm Food; 8 pm Movie

Regular: Food + Movie $34; Movie Only $10
UCSD Students: Food + Movie $29; Movie Only Free

After being separated from his brother by their parents divorce, 12-year-old Koichis only wish is for his family to be reunited. Portrayed by real-life brothers Kki and hshir Maeda, the pair develops a plan to reunite with each other.

. . . as unaffected, spirited, and lovable as I can imagine.Roger Ebert

Appetizer: tempura shrimp and veggies; Entre: sugar & soy-glazed salmon, jasmine rice, and roasted asparagus, vegetarian option: please call 858.822.3199; Dessert: matcha cake with berry buttercream and ginger creme anglaise

More Info: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/i-wish/
Tickets: https://ucsdboxoffice.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=E8CE5379-D2B0-4BF4-BBD1-3B3843089C38

Stephanie Richards + Phantom Station: Conduction for Butch Morris, Part II
Monday, February 27, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

This three-part series excavates spontaneous sonic combustion and delves into the unknown through Conduction, an artistic process created by Butch Morris to enable "an improvised duet for ensemble and conductor" without words or musical notation. Through a process of ideographic physical signs and gestures, Prof. Stephanie Richards conducts the ensemble Phantom Station to create a communion of multiple intelligences and a bravely vulnerable creative journey into the unknown.

Phantom Station is a collective of artists and graduate students of the UCSD Department of Music, performing January 30, February 27 and March 13.
Each concert will feature a special guest.

Bio: (use if needed)
Stephanie Richards
Exploring spaces between jazz and experimental music, trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards has become a unique voice in the NYC experimental scene, collaborating with improvisational pioneers Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton along with performance artists Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono. Celebrated as an adventurous performer, Stephanies theatrical tendencies often include multi-disciplinary collaborations of sight, sound and movement. An avid collaborator and supporter of new music, Stephanie has premiered new works throughout North America and Europe, while having her own compositions premiered at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Blue-note and Lincoln Center. Stephanie is a founding member of the Asphalt Orchestra, created the collective Bang On a Can, where she has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall and has also performed alongside Kronos Quartet, The Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak and Common. Stephanie holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University and the California Institute of the Arts and has held residency at Stanford University. A recent addition to the faculty at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Stephanie also encourages the performance and commissioning of jazz and new music as Vice-President of the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT). Richards is currently working towards the release of a Tricentric Foundation grant for commissioned scents and sounds.

Joshua White (((CODES)))
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $15.00 general


JOSHUA WHITE - piano / compositions
DWIGHT TRIBLE - vocal / spoken word
JOSH JOHNSON - alto sax

Vocal cries, slave songs, spirituals, sung in the fields as CODE songs, incorporating stories of the Bible to inspire freedom and to create an underground system of communication about clandestine meetings and opportunities to get away and achieve liberation, thus fueling a movement and a lasting body of vital African American artwork that lives on to this day "like a hand on the plow taking one further into the promised land."

The music of (((CODES))), presented by Joshua White, takes the inspiration of these slave CODES and celebrates their spirit through the music of gospel, jazz and spoken word, further fused and elaborated upon through the works of Audre Lorde, Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, and other major African-American poets, all of this performed by an all-star band.

ArtPower Presents: Thalma & Laércio de Freitas
Friday, February 24, 2017
$9.00 UCSD students / $20.00 general / $15.00 reserved

ArtPower presents
Thalma & Larcio de Freitas
Friday, February 24, at 8 pm

Early Bird: $1525; Regular: $2030
UCSD Students: $9

For her return to ArtPowerfollowing her sold-out U.S. debut hereThalma de Freitas joins forces with her father, Larcio to showcase beautiful Brazilian jazz music that demonstrates the power of cross-generational influences.

Father/daughter duo Larcio and Thalma have a long and rich history of writing and performing music together. Thalma credits her father for developing her musical ear and exposing her to the deep roots of jazz music in Brazilian culture.

More Info: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/thalma-laercio-de-freitas/
Tickets: https://ucsdboxoffice.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=CBF13CDB-B4E1-4C15-A3A7-6A9AED478424

ASCE Presesnts: Chet Porter
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$7.00 UCSD students / $13.00 general

As a self-proclaimed maker of "music to pets dogs to"-- Chet Porter has been making waves in the scene with his sparkling indie-pop gems combined with sample ridden, experimental vibes that bring you feelings of youthful innocence and nostalgia. Having brought his live set to cities all over the world alongside ODESZA, Jai Wolf and more, Chet Porter will be en route to UCSD bringing you his unique sounds and experience.

ArtPower Presents: Miguel Zenón Quartet
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
$9.00 UCSD students / $23.00 general / $18.00 reserved

ArtPower presents
Miguel Zenn Quartet
Wednesday, February 22, at 8 pm

Early Bird: $1830 ; Regular: $2335
UCSD Students: $9

Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenn represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. He is widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. He has also developed a unique voice as a composer and conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenn has released nine recordings as a bandleader, and will be touring his tenth and forthcoming album,Tipico, while at ArtPower.

More Info: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/miguel-zenon-quartet/
Tickets: https://ucsdboxoffice.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=3C8D7A80-0BC6-41D7-AADC-25FE6D5BE0C9

The Aquadolls
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

LA/OC based, The Aquadolls are psychedelic surf punk, featuring Melissa Brooks, Ryan Frailich, Jacob Brown and Bella Devroede. Tickets on sale!!

ACTA Presents: The Loft Takeover featuring The Beat at UCSD
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Doors 3pm / Show 3pm

The UCSD All Campus Transfer Association (ACTA) Presents:
The Loft Takeover featuring The Beat at UCSD

The Beat is a co-ed collegiate a cappella group at UCSD known for their tight-knit vibe and their dedication to music. The Beat recently won Best Choreography for their arrangement of "Turning Tables" and Best Vocal Percussionist at the quarterfinals for the Southwest Division of International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).

Come out and watch The Beat perform live a cappella renditions!

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