AS Productions resides in a small, inconspicuous office on the fourth floor of the Viking Union. This modest cluster of cubicles is where the magic happens, from outdoor movies to intimate coffeehouse shows to sold-out concerts.
“‘Go big or go home' has been our mantra for this year,” AS Productions Coordinator Aaron Garcia said.
In keeping with that mantra, ASP Pop Music will kick the year off with a bang with Tech N9ne live in the VU Multipurpose Room on Thursday, Oct. 9, ASP Pop Music coordinator Hunter Motto said.
“He's a rapper that straddles the divide between mainstream and underground hip-hop,” Motto said. “He's hella provocative.”
Motto described Tech N9ne's live performance as “mainstream versus strange” and “almost vaudevillian.”
On the lighter side of things, Toronto indie pop band Stars will play the VU MPR on Oct. 10. Stars have released four full-length albums and a recent five-song EP and have frequently toured with former Bellinghamsters Death Cab for Cutie, Motto said.
For a change of venue, ASP Pop Music is hosting critically acclaimed Seattle band Fleet Foxes in the PAC Concert Hall on Oct. 18.
“If I could do all of my shows in the concert hall, I might,” Motto said. “It's a really great space.”
To round out fall quarter, Method Man and Redman of the Wu Tang Clan will play the VU MPR on Nov. 2. Motto said he hopes people will have had enough time to recover from Tech N9ne before the show.
“That show's going to be nuts,” Motto said. “People are going to freak out.”
If you're looking for something a little more intimate, the Underground Coffeehouse on the third floor of the VU has a series of shows planned for October, starting with Paul Baribeau on Oct. 8, Underground Coffeehouse Coordinator Alex Niedzialkowski said.
“Paul Baribeau is this really awesome, heartfelt guy who makes you think about first kisses and crushes and all the things that make you sentimental,” Niedzialkowski said.
In an effort to represent Northwest music outside Whatcom County, Niedzialkowski is bringing Olympia band LAKE on Oct. 15 and Anacortes musician Karl Blau on Oct. 29.
“I'm excited to bring people who I think are really genuine to the coffeehouse,” Niedzialkowski said.
Niedzialkowski also said she hopes to bring more female performers to the coffeehouse and to represent a wider array of musical tastes including hip-hop and jazz.
ASP Films are going as big as they can this year, with The Incredible Hulk on an enormous screen outside in Carver Field on Sept. 25, ASP Films Coordinator Hannah Wilson said.
“We went with The Incredible Hulk because it's an action movie and action movies are awesome on huge screens,” Wilson said.
This fall, ASP is also putting on VU Late Night on Sept. 26, as well as celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Associated Students with the Hoppin' Hundred on Sept. 27.
“We want to set a precedent for the next hundred years,” Garcia said.