Space Jams highlight student talent

By Uriel Gonzalez

In the midst of a quiet school night, the Las Naranjitas Building was illuminated with a neon glow, accompanied by the lively chatter of incoming students and complemented by resounding guitar riffs and electronic beats.

The appropriately space-themed concert was host to a variety of artists playing distinct cosmic tunes.

“We play alternative rock music, but it’s got a lot of different influences; we’ve got some funk, some jazz, some reggae influences, blues, hip-hop, but we’re categorized as a rock band,” 200 West guitarist Noah Caron said.

Last Thursday night’s Space Jams concert showcased a variety of acts, all of which brought their own unorthodox sounds and styles to the dozens of students in attendance; the event was planned and booked by our own music department students as a project for their Music Industries Seminar class.

Space Jams did not only serve as a night-time hangout, but it also served as a great way to sample local musicians and expand students’ musical horizons.

Each of the three acts got a chance to deliver their unique sounds to several new ears.

“I’m glad I found my way here,” first year music performance student Samantha Santana said. “I like listening to new bands and bands that are not well known yet.”

The headliners were the local alternative rock band 200 West who just released a new record titled Split Heads; the album was recorded here in Pomona at Modern Fuzz Studios. If you missed the show on campus, make sure to give them a listen on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.

A show is nothing without a proper place to hold it in, and Las Naranjitas served the concert well.

The noteworthy indoor-outdoor set-up of the venue lent itself perfectly for the DJs, like Sychokallas and Chemtrails, inside and a more spacious set-up for bands like 200 West out back.

Space Jams attendee and first year music industry studies student Alex Chubb noted that the venue was “sick,” and would be fantastic for hosting less formal musical events on campus, especially considering that the Music Recital Hall has a ceremonious air about it that is not ideal for more casual concerts.

The Las Naranjitas Center gives off a home-like vibe, the place has a high ceiling, a bar along with a second story filled with couches and a TV; the area out back, where the band played, feels familiar just like your friend’s backyard.

Having concerts like these more often will not only help with making campus life livelier, but it will also help develop our very own in-house talent.

Thursday’s concert served as an important landmark for one of CPP’s own musicians.

“This is actually my first time playing at a school event and it’s kind of one of my bucket list items so I’m pretty excited,” third year music department student and DJ Sychokallas, Sean Kallas said.

DJ Sychokallas energetically played his set surrounded by dizzying lights, scratching and mixing from the second floor of the venue after helping transform the place as part of the official decoration crew. Find Sychokallas on SoundCloud, Mixcloud and social media to hear his live set from Space Jams.

What would have been an unnoteworthy Thursday night on campus turned out to be a great night filled with interstellar space jams thanks to the Music Industries Seminar team and our local musicians.

Space Jams served as a way to sample local musicians and expand students musical horizons

Uriel Gonzalez / The Poly Post

Space Jams served as a way to sample local musicians and expand students musical horizons

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