“AS Productions is the program in the Associated Students that is devoted to providing entertainment to students,” states Hugh Hammond, the new Student Programs and Events Coordinator for Associated Students Productions (ASP). Hammond is excited to change things up and since coming on board the ASP team at the beginning of the 2017 Fall Semester, his team has been non-stop creating and planning new ideas.
Hammond graduated CSU, Chico in 2014 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts and Music Composition. He was hired as the Assistant Theater Technician for Associated Students Conference Services, where he gained experience setting up lighting, sound, and projection for events in the BMU Auditorium. After 3 ½ years with Conference Services, Hammond accepted the opportunity to work with AS Productions. “My Passion is music, so it has been great to put on some real concerts. Once we start building up our audience, I would like to diversify and do some comedy acts and bring in other performers. We’ve also been talking about other fun events like laser tag.”
“Yes! I am excited for that. I want that to happen!” says Abraham Tapia enthusiastically. The Business Administration student with an option in Small Business Entrepreneurship has been working with ASP for about a year. “I am the Student Event Programmer and Hugh’s right hand man.”
The power team have been working together to bring alternative events to campus. “We are starting new, which is a good place to be,” says Hammond.
One of the new concert series you can expect to see this semester is “Between Two Lamps”, which will feature a different artist every Wednesdays from 12-1pm in the BMU Basement lounge. Expect to see students and staff come down to see the artist of the week as they play in the dimmed area. This casual series is free to students and the public.
ASP has also been organizing larger shows in the BMU Auditorium, usually falling on Thursday nights. They started off the semester strong with bringing Los Angeles based electronic artist Saro to the stage.
Up next came Frank Ray, a rising country star from New Mexico. Frank Ray was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of ‘10 artists you should know’, we are sure to be hearing him on the radio soon.
The native Californian folk band, The Riverside, was also welcomed to the stage in early March 2018. They brought an intimate, raw performance balanced by each other’s vocals and string instruments.
So far this spring semester, ASP has brought hip-hop, folk, country, alternative, electronic, and local performers to campus and they have much more planned.
Unfortunately, older events that ASP has previously hosted, such as Wrap ‘n Roll and Boba Bingo might be history. “A lot of people want to bring it back, but we want to build up our reputation and get our team back together first,” states Tapia. “It’s still being discussed but if we do bring them back we are going to give them new life. I’m focusing more on live entertainment instead of in-house events,” Hammond says.
If you are interested in getting involved or have an idea you want to share, the ASP team would love to hear from you. “Come to our events and meet us!” says Hammond. You can also reach them at their new office in BMU 220, Facebook, and Instagram @asprochico.
Feature Story by Katie Karns