Tijuana Panthers perform traveling concert

By Alexandria Waldron

The Associated Students, Inc. Bronco Events and Activities Team held a unique concert event for Cal Poly Pomona students during U-Hour on Thursday.

Tijuana Panthers, a garage-pop band from Long Beach, performed as part of ASI’s traveling concert.

“A typical show is when people come to see a band,” said Hana Kim, a fourth-year hospitality management student and ASI BEAT music chair. “But in this show, the band is going to be coming to you.”

Kim discovered Tijuana Panthers when she attended Burgerama Music Festival in Santa Ana last month.

“I started researching the bands that played at the festival and pursued Tijuana Panthers for this event,” said Kim.

The band performed original songs as they traveled to three different locations on campus. They stopped to play at each location for about 15 minutes.

Tijuana Panthers began playing in the Bronco Student Center’s Center Court. Some students who anticipated the bands performance gathered around the stage and sat at nearby tables.

“We’ve played at The Glass House many times and met quite a few people from Pomona,” said Tijuana Panthers guitarist Chad Wachtel. “We thought maybe a few people from the school would recognize us and be there.”

Students who were in the BSC enjoyed the entertainment while they ate their lunch.

“I really liked it,” said third-year liberal studies student Claudia Rocha. “I didn’t know this event was happening, but I’m glad I was sitting here when they were playing.”

After a short four-song performance in the BSC, the band relocated to the pathway next to the Music Recital Hall and University Theatre. A group of students followed behind the band to the next location.

“We’ve done really quiet sets before, but it’s always been with electric instruments,” said Wachtel. “The amount of volume we had was really different for us.”

ASI staff was also following the band and filming their performance. They make a video of the band’s performances after the event.

“The whole premise of the event is having the band play unplugged,” said Kim. “It’s a weird concept, but it ended up being a cool music idea.”

Students watching the performance took pictures and videos with their phones and immediately posted them to the band’s social media pages.

“Seeing the band play made me curious about who they were,” said Rocha.

The band played their last couple of songs in the pathway between the Cultural Centers and the Campus Marketplace.

“It’s a very intimate show because students can be right up next to the musicians while they’re playing,” said Kim.

Students circled around the band as they finished playing the last set of songs. Some of the audience members were even singing along.

“It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be,” said Wachtel. “Overall, it was a good experience.”

ASI hopes to put on another traveling show in fall 2015.

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