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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

ARTS | 7

TBS Steve Byrne
to bring comedy to campus

and Riot
Local band strums out at SLO Brew

LOL | Sullivan & Son comedian Steve Byrne is making his way to the MAC in the Recreation Center on Feb. 25. I hope people enjoy it, Byrne said. I love performing, so Im looking forward to it.
Sam Gilbert @samgilbert279
Comedian and actor Steve Byrne is bringing stand-up comedy to the Multi-Activity Center (MAC) in the Recreation Center on Feb. 25. Byrne, widely known for his success on Comedy Central, has made crowds roar on respected sitcoms such as NBCs The Tonight Show, ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBSs The Late Late Show, BETs Comic View and TBS Sullivan & Son. Steve Byrne is a popular comedian with Comedy Central, and his name has been coming up a lot in the comedy industry, said Gage McGinnis, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) events musical entertainment assistant and business administration senior. McGinnis said ASI decided to get in contact with Byrne since he has been doing big things on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central. He has a one-hour special called The Byrne Identity and another one called Steve Byrnes Happy Hour, so were hoping that kids who watch Comedy Central will know of him, and also kids who arent necessarily familiar with him would be happy to come, too, because its a comedian, McGinnis said. Byrnes energy and natural ability to make others laugh landed him a show in 2013 on TBS called Sullivan & Son. I really enjoy working with everybody, Byrne said. I legitimately enjoy every single person on the show. Though his show is progressively becoming more popular with an average of more than 2.5 million viewers per episode, Byrne still seizes the opportunity to perform stand-up. He has displayed his talent in sold-out shows around the world, using his Korean and Irish background as groundwork that enhances the humor for his shows. Here, Im just a lone-shot by myself, so I think Ill even surprise myself, Byrne said. Hell take any opportunity he gets to perform for a local school during the week, he said. The expectations for the upcoming show are high because of Byrnes well-known reputation for both television and stand-up comedy. We expect a lot of laughter, a lot of kids to come and high energy, McGinnis said.

I hope people enjoy it. I love performing, so Im looking forward to it.

McGinnis said the show will have a little bit of a different vibe since its in the MAC, and doesnt think theyve ever had a comedian at that location. The show is slated to begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free for students and $10 at the door for community members. I hope people enjoy it, Byrne said. I love performing, so Im looking forward to it.


WE WILL, WE WILL, ROCK YOU | Local band Night Riots (formerly known as PK) took the SLO Brewing Co. stage this past Friday night to a packed house.
Brenna Swanston @BrennaSwanston
The line started at SLO Brewing Co., trailed along Garden Street, wrapped around the corner and continued down Higuera Street this past Friday night. Concertgoers buzzed about the upcoming show, flexing their music trivia muscles, bragging about all the live bands they had seen and exchanging stories of their craziest concert experiences. Passers-by occasionally stopped to ask those in line what the excitement was about. Their answers were all the same: Night Riots. At 7:30 p.m., SLO Brewing Co.s doors finally opened. The waiting fans flooded inside and globbed around the stage where a group of young musicians was setting up and sound-checking its equipment. Approximately 45 minutes later, the first opening band, Breach the Summit, kicked off the night. Its sound drew on that of catchy alternative bands, such as Walk the Moon and Young the Giant, but with an original flare. Drummer Olen Kittelsen took charge of lead vocals while bassist Kody Buxton chimed in on drums. Toward the end of the bands final song, You Dont Know, Buxton put down his bass, took up the mic and rapped. Kittelsen said Night Riots had discovered Breach the Summit through the KROQ Locals Only playlist. They heard our music and they liked it, so they asked if we could jump on the show, Kittelsen said. The Orange County band was new to San Luis Obispo, he said. We were surprised at how awesome everyone was toward us, Kittelsen said. We were new, so Im sure theyd never heard of us. It was really cool playing for such a receptive crowd. We had a ton of fun up there and we hope everyone else did, too. Breach the Summit then passed the baton to Colorado band The Epilogues, who added a synth and a couple Nike windbreakers to the mix. Lead vocalist Chris Heckman opened The Epilogues set with a shout-out to the headlining band. Weve been touring with Night Riots for two weeks now, Heckman said. Were so glad they brought us to their hometown because you guys are magnificent. Within the first few seconds of the bands opening song, The Epilogues had transformed the shows vibe. They head-banged on stage before frantic, flashing lights while the crowd screamed, jumped and moshed. As the first song came to a close, keyboardist Nate Hammond commended the audience on its energy. Holy shit, San Luis Obispo, he said. You guys are having a great time. This might be the sexiest show weve ever played. The great time continued through the rest of The Epilogues set, during which the crowd only got wilder. Before the bands final song, Heckman threatened to stage dive. Its up to you rugged-ass gentlemen to catch me when I jump, he said. When the moment came, Heckman set down his guitar, unzipped his windbreaker, removed his earpiece, unwound his microphone from its stand and jumped into the waiting crowd just as the refrain dropped. With that, The Epilogues left the audience amped up for Night Riots appearance. After the stage changed hands, it was time for the Templeton locals to meet their waiting fans. As the five-man band made its way onstage, smoke filled the room, veiling everything on stage except the piercing blue stage lights. Fans recalled Night Riotss previous band name with chants of PK. The house was packed, with people pushing and squishing, leaving not a square inch of free space. When the smoke had somewhat lifted, Night Riots began its set. The crowd felt the beat, moshing and singing along to every word. Crowd surfers took over the audience by the second song, during which lead singer Travis Hawley dove into the mob of fans. Night Riots played new, alternative material to which the crowd paused its shenanigans to listen attentively as well as its oldest punky PK songs, which inspired screams of recognition and further PK chants from the audience. Hawley jokingly reiterated the bands year-old name change. I dont know if you guys know, he said. But were called Night Riots, not PK. Paso Robles native Eric Young has known the members of Night Riots since their PK days. They put so much energy into the crowd, he said. Ive seen them light up an entire stage at the Mid State Fair with their energy. Night Riots distinguishing characteristic as a band is their passion, Young said. Their music has so much emotion, he said. They play their hearts out.

Their music has so much emotion. They play their hearts out.
ERIC YOUNG Paso Robles resident