Friday, July 11, 2008

Programming Council Brings Girl Talk To BU (+ interview, mp3)

For those who cringed at the sight of Three Six Mafia and Cobra Starship taking the stage on Nickerson Field last semester, have no fear: next year's Programming Council-booked concerts are looking excellent already. Last night, PC announced that Girl Talk has been booked for Metcalf Hall (in the GSU) on September 20. WTBU caught up with Rachel Richmond, co-manager of the Entertainment Committee on PC, to talk about what went into booking the show and what the council has been up to this summer.

Was it a difficult process for Programming Council to convince Girl Talk to play in the GSU?

I had been in talks with Girl Talk to come to Boston University since Summer 2007 so his booking agent and I are very familiar with each other. I always felt like Girl Talk would be a huge hit and with all the hype he is getting now, I feared he would be impossible to book at this point. However, both Girl Talk and his agent were ecstatic about playing BU. Of course there are always a couple of headaches when you are booking (negotiating price, working around tours) but everyone was so willing to accommodate to pull this off.

When did you guys start planning this?

As soon as I was told to think up ideas for concerts, the first thing that popped up into my head was Girl Talk. That was probably back in the beginning of June. I literally screamed in the middle of the SAO when the idea hit. Awkward! Girl Talk is an artist who we at PC feel is perfect to get the student body amped for the next year of programming that we have in store.

What are you expecting the response by BU students to be like?

I want 1,500 students to pack Metcalf Hall. And we haven't done a full PR push just yet but the incoming freshmen are excited and those who have found out through Facebook are thrilled that Programming Council is bringing Girl Talk. Basically, I am expecting mayhem. All out dance party mayhem. And I'm pumped to see it.

What exactly does PC do? What are your responsibilities, and what have you been doing over the summer?

Programming Council is the main programming board on BU's campus. We put on the large concerts, comedy shows, dances, and special events on campus. We do Masquerade, Back Bay Ball, SpringFest, the Drive-In...we do everything! I am the co-manager of the Entertainment Committee on PC and I handle all the concerts and comedy shows for the year. During the summer, I am supposed to help assist with Orientation while also planning for the fall semester. Before I joined PC, I was the General Manager for BU Central.

MP3: Girl Talk - Play Your Part (Pt. 1)

3 comments:

mjr214 said...

Is there any way that we can tell the programming council what bands we want to see because i would LOOOOOVE to see vampire weekend at BU, and i know a ton of other people would too

mjr214 said...

Is there any way that we can tell the programming council what bands we want to see because i would LOOOOOVE to see vampire weekend at BU, and i know a ton of other people would too

Yelena said...

YES, Vampire Weekend would be AMAZING! (Before 2010, pleaseee)