By Jennifer Morales & Brian Sease
With beach balls flying through the air, girls sitting on their friends’ shoulders screaming with excitement and thousands of students dancing their hearts out, Associated Students Inc. hosted an amazing BroncoFusion to conclude Welcome Week and initiate the fall quarter at Cal Poly Pomona last Friday.
The crowd was filled to the brim with students, alumni and guests who enjoyed food from various food trucks and “jammed” to the different music styles presented by the four performers of the night.
This created an energetic and memorable atmosphere to catch up with old friends and also make new ones, which is exactly what Jamie Campos Orozco, an undeclared first-year student did.
“I hope there’s more events like this later in the year and that it’s not just this one,” said Orozco. “I came to make more friends.”
Aside from creating memories with fellow students, the “college student budget-friendly” price was what likely convinced many to attend the event.
At only $5 for students and $20 for guests, it was hard to pass up a concert with an amazing lineup.
“It was way better than I thought it was going to be, and it was only five bucks, so it was my duty to be here,” said Grant McNeil, a first-year industrial engineering student.
Other students in the crowd also enjoyed the concert and were very happy with the price of the ticket for such a fun event.
In addition to the high-energy atmosphere and low-cost ticket prices, the musical performances made the night even better.
The concert started off with CPP student and DJ, Tommy Grimm.
Grimm, was the first performer of the night, and he got the crowd hyped with hypnotic EDM beats.
His chemistry with the crowd started the night off really well, and he had them chanting “Tommy!” by the end of his set.
Then came Brandon Baker aka DJ YungBake who continued to hype up the crowd with hip-hop and rap.
Baker also had the event photographers dancing along to his set, which pumped up the crowd even more.
After a short intermission, the magnetic RL Grime performed with his surreal visuals and spellbinding beats.
There was no one in the crowd that wasn’t going wild.
His set injected the crowd with more energy, which left them wanting more.
To close the show, Tinashe, a pop recording artist known for her two hits “All Hands On Deck” and “2 On,” had the crowd in the palm of her hand by the end of her first song.
An exciting change from DJs, Tinashe set the stage on fire with her dancing and incredible vocals.
“I feel like RL Grime brought everyone together and since you didn’t need to know the lyrics, everyone was just vibing together,” said Fuji Handrias, a second-year business administration student, about his favorite artist of the night.
“It was honestly a superb live performance, and it was amazing to watch them hit those high notes naturally,” said second-year computer science major Carlos Marquez, about Tinashe, who actually happens to be the daughter of CPP’s very own Professor Michael Kachingwe.
According to Angel Perez, the music chair for ASI BEAT, the event sold out with 6,000 tickets. 4,000 of those were purchased on Friday morning alone.
These numbers are up from BroncoFusion 2016 where 5,500 tickets were sold, making it clear that the event is continuing to grow.
“This year is my second or third time attending BroncoFusion,” said Billy Hafner, a fourth-year biology student. “This year’s concert was definitely better than previous years.”
This was also the first year that a “pre-pass” line was incorporated where students received a wristband in order to avoid standing in a line for ticket scanning.
“[The] campus should have more events like this more often,” added Hafner.
It’s clear that BroncoFusion was a huge success, which is causing more of an interest in ASI BEAT and their amazing programs.
Tevin Voong / The Poly Post
Students and guests danced the night away in the Bronco Commons
Students were sitting on each other’s shoulders to get a better view of the concert for themselves and their Snapchats
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