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Hellogoodbye helps Blue Devil Productions celebrate 10th birthday

October 22, 2012

Why is a national recording act like Hellogoodbye, a California band that sold one million copies of its single “Here (In Your Arms),” playing a concert at UW-Stout?

And for just $8 a ticket for students, $12 for the general public?

Blue Devil Productions staffJust thank Blue Devil Productions. The student-run entertainment and special events organization is celebrating its 10th birthday in style with the 8 p.m. concert Tuesday at the Memorial Student Center. The opening act is QuietDrive, from Minneapolis.

The Great Hall of the student center is expected to be packed for the concert, but it’s all in a semester’s work for Blue Devil Productions, which is putting on 12 concerts, showing seven films, hosting five comedians and holding three Open Mic nights.

That’s just this fall. Next semester they’ll do it all again.

Blue Devil Productions, which is funded by the Stout Student Association, has 10 student employees and another five to 10 student volunteers who do all the work, from booking the acts, to advertising to staging the events.

Nate Daniels“We just love the music and love bringing entertainment to campus,” said Nate Daniels, a senior from Medford who is in his third year as executive producer. “It’s a safe, alternative entertainment activity for students.”

The Hellogoodbye concert is the only one this fall that will require a ticket. All the others, including live music or Open Mic every Thursday night at other student center venues, are free.

“We’re not here to make money. Our events, for the most part, are free for students and the community,” said Daniels, noting he has seen students from other nearby colleges attend.

Blue Devil Productions has been known to book many up-and-coming bands and performers, including in recent years comedian Daniel Tosh, the band Atmosphere and Justin Vernon, the lead singer for Bon Iver.

Daniels oversees all events for Blue Devil Productions, with student managers assigned to music, comedy, films and special events. Attendance averages about 125 for smaller concerts, 200 to 300 for comedians and up to 300 for films. The next film on the schedule is “The Dark Knight Rises” at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building.

The organization also was in charge of this year’s homecoming week events, including a float showcase with live music, a fashion show and contests. “We all help with each other’s events,” Daniels said.

Daniels, who is majoring in marketing and business education, plans to be a teacher and believes his experiences with Blue Devil Productions will be invaluable. He is considering working in the marketing industry before teaching.

Blue Devil Productions was formed in 2002 when two other campus entertainment groups were merged under the coordination of Darrin Witucki, a former Student Services coordinator who last year became University Centers director.

Emily Ascher is the adviser for Blue Devil Productions. “The students provide a great service to campus and the community. They love what they do, and it shows in the quality of the shows and events they put on,” said Ascher, Student Services coordinator.

For more information, contact Blue Devil Productions, 715-232-2432.

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