Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Students push hard to get Sam Adams


A few weeks back the infamous "El Presidente" of Barstool sports announced that Barstool would be presenting a local college tour for rapper Sam Adams. UNH was one of their top choices, as it should be. Even though I am not a big fan of Sam Adams I know a lot of fellow students have jumped on his bandwagon and he very well could be the next big rapper, so  I immediately sent the link to SCOPE. According to rumors SCOPE originally turned down the request, even though there wasn't going to be a base charge for Adams. The promoters just wanted $20 a ticket. SCOPE didn't think that students would be willing to pay $20, but in just one day over 1,200 students joined the "Bring Sam Adams to UNH" facebook group. This show would also help please those students upset about the MGMT concert.

According to a post today on barstool "UNH is getting close thanks to all the Wildcats who came out of the woodwork demanding that we bring Sam Adams to Durham and doing what the school organizations wouldn’t do." So basically students are stepping up and doing SCOPE's job for them. To make it worse, students at Maine are calling us out for SCOPE dropping the ball. (Maine also had the Roots last week so it isn't like this would be their big concert either.) From what I have been able to gather is sounds like a few greek organizations are actually spearheading the Sam Adams at UNH show, so that could be pretty sweet. I honestly think that this show would be perfect for the Granite State Room, which can hold around 800. I know that is small, but Adams usually only performs for a few hundred and the Whit and the Field House might not be available. Also, the GSR has better sound than the other options.

I am boggled that the entertainment committees didn't show more effort in this event. If there isn't a base charge for the performer that should be a good thing, who cares if student and non-student tickets are the same price? Bottom line, even though I don't care too much for Adams, this would be a great college show and it just proves how ignorant SCOPE can be. I would actually like to see more small concerts like this in the GSR, that way UNH would get more variety in their shows. If Adams doesn't come to UNH it would be all SCOPE's fault, and there is absolutely no denying that.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

EDIT: 3:12 pm: Sam Adams responded to a tweet I sent him saying "ill make it out there for sure" in reference to a UNH show.

EDIT: 6:12 pm: It is official, Ryan O'Connor a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi got the GSR for a Sam Adams show. Nice job Ryan, I guess things can get done with little notice, and he's not even in a student entertainment organization. The show is on May 7th.

21 comments:

  1. There is absolutely no way this is all one student orgs fault, have you ever thought about the process it takes to create contracts, book rooms in the MUB/ field house? weeks. Even longer. Every student org knows this, and students should know it too but no one cares to pay attention unless it's something they want to bitch about. I'm sure scope have been listening to everything but there are guidlines they have to follow (which is under contract). UNH SOS (student org services) isn't going to just let some facebook group change the way student orgs run. the MUB isn't also just some random venue in boston (which Sam Adams has been playing at for the past few months-where were the UNH kids then?) Someone can't just create a facebook page in less then a week and expect one student org to drop everything their doing for hype. I can't believe how much bitching and whining has been coming out of these UNH kids, seriously. There are multiple student orgs on campus that also bring entertainment beyond SCOPE. Either get over it, or talk to the MUB.

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  2. thanks to a fraternity...

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  3. I swear sometimes I think people should be required to take a class to understand just exactly how things like student organizations work before they're allowed to bitch and make up bs stories like this. Cool, kids like sam adams and they want to see him play. Find a show he's playing at and go to it. Just because he doesn't come to your college doesn't make it the end of the world. SCOPE's job is to bring acts we want, and if enough people wanted sam, i'm sure they would bring him. A facebook group of kids whining about not having a huge spring climax/didnt get tickets is not the deciding factor for who they bring. Just because some dude calls them up and proposes the idea (and seriously it was probably even less professional than that), that means they should do it? I bet they get calls all the time from so and so representing someone that they think would be perfect for unh. in the end it doesn't matter. SCOPE is an organization and a business. Also, cool this frat has saved the day and booked them a show at UNH. SCOPE kids know how to run a show...they cover all aspects of the concert. I can't wait to see just exactly how many kids go to this show, how effectively security runs, how the hospitality works out, etc. Good luck boys!

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  4. The guy from barstool contacted scope and offered them $15,000 to get the field house. SCOPE said no because they didn't think it would draw a big enough crowd. So when UNH students showed interest that frat stepped up and got the granite state room. (took about 3 days.) None of that is made up, that is a fact. Let's face it, Scope got one-up'ed in their own game. SCOPE wasn't even going to have to pay a fee for the performer, they just wanted $20 tickets and SCOPE said it was too much to charge for a ticket. Listen to the barstool radio show from today, it is all in there in the last 15 minutes or so.

    And do you really think only Scope members can run a concert? Their ticket lines are the most disorganized thing ever. But we'll see, I'm not saying it is easy, but who are you to say these guys can't pull it off? They already stepped up and booked a show when Scope didn't.

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  5. haha wah wah the anonymous person most likely part of scope just got shit on

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  6. Stay Classy, Not UMassy?

    That's funny because Sam Adams is going to UMASS as well...little hypocritical don't you think?

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  7. Nope, not at all. Considering it's been my sign-off for almost a year. my dad and a bunch of uncles actually went to UMass. It's a joke because UNH and UMass are kind of rivals... and "Don't be a pain like Maine" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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  8. The fact that students would have to pay $20 is exactly why SCOPE did not pursue the Sam Adams act. If anyone reads their mission statement, it clearly says that the aim is to "bring affordable entertainment to UNH". Most people do not think $20 is affordable at the college level. If SCOPE were to bring this show and charge $20 a pop, then shit would it the fan, lets all get real. The point of the matter is that people are going to bitch no matter what, so I think as the NewHampshirite or whatever you are you need to not put blame on organizations such as SCOPE, MUSO, or CAB. The mission of these organizations is to bring affordability and PROFESSIONALISM. Hopefully this is a SAFE show for everyone to attend. I hope this frat has all their shit together on ticketing, security, what to do in case of emergency, staffing, etc.

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  9. the first anonymous person who's commenting if probably an RA
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

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  10. Dear Anonymous: (from 2 posts up)
    $20 is very cheap for a concert. Most students spend that on beer each weekend, so don't give me bullshit about $20 being too much for a concert. And yes, it is The New Hampshirite.

    You are probably from SCOPE and I think it is hilarious that people are already saying this frat won't be able to handle it. Maybe they won't, but you all seem like the ones bitching to me.

    and D.R.- great comment.

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  11. SCOPE is charging $15 per STUDENT for MGMT tickets and something like $32 for non-students. Fifteen and 20 is not much of a difference especially considering the fact the scope receives a ton of money from student activity fees.

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  12. this arguing is fun to read

    honestly though, some people like hip hop shows, others don't. I was a tad disappointed scope wasn't bringing someone like drake or wiz kalifa, but they are satisfying a good deal of students by bringing MGMT. Respectable.

    Alpha Sigma Phi is satisfying the other part of the student pie and getting sam adams to come. They did it on short notice, without the connections and funds of an organization like SCOPE. Also Respectable.

    It's dope that this year the student body has the option of going to a hip hop show or an indie show.

    I'm trying to open for Sam Adams, I'm a UNH student trying to reach the same goals he is currently reaching. check the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDrkwyj-siQ

    peace

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  13. Maybe we should have Alpha Sigma Phi run SCOPE???

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  14. After reading all those comments... I'd just like to say that I had a great time seeing The Legendary Roots Crew this past weekend, at Maine.

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  15. Just like every other student here (even you Mr New Hampshirite), I have unfairly judged scope when they didn't bring acts I was too psyched about seeing (cough Akon cough). But has anyone thought about the logistics side of things? I get it that scope may have been offered Sam for no fee, and that all ticket costs would cover whoever was paying for it, but they do have to answer to the student organization council or whatever it's called. Any activity any student org puts on has to be proposed and approved by the committee. Now I get that scope doesn't have all the activity fee money but I'm sure they get a nice piece of it. Does anyone really think the orgs committee would let them put on a show where not only were they not spending the money they've already been given, but they were also not making any money? Free sounds great, except when you're not using what you've been given to use. If scope just booked acts that would play for free, then why would the committee give them more money the next year...it would make more sense to take some of their money away and give it to another org. Anyways, glad this frat is doing it, it will be interesting to say the least and sounds like people are interested in it.

    Side note: new hampshirite, have you listened to the new mgmt? thoughts on what, if any, of oracular spectacular they'll play?

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  16. Somebody from SCOPE is getting butthurt!

    Ha, SCOPE fails again.

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  17. err...why is that funny? do ya'll not want concerts at school? cool, a student org failed to get one white boy who raps over a computer? uh, okay. so what, move on. enoy being butthurt by all the frat boys who now think they own the campus, can't wait

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  18. "SCOPE is charging $15 per STUDENT for MGMT tickets and something like $32 for non-students. Fifteen and 20 is not much of a difference especially considering the fact the scope receives a ton of money from student activity fees."

    I think one of the reasons SCOPE didn't take this show was exactly this "point" that was just made by someone. Yes, it's only a $5 difference but it's a huge difference when you think that students only paid $15 for Akon or ONLY $10 for Snoop Dogg. Sam Adams compared to them is NOTHING. He has never toured before from what i've heard. Snoop Dogg and Akon (nominated for and won many awards combined) have proved that they can play in front of thousands of people and are known by most ALL OVER THE WORLD. Hence, charging a $15 and even $10 ticket is justified. But, $20 for Sam Adams who's never toured, never won any awards, known by not as many is not worth that amount. I don't blame SCOPE for not doing this crap. It's better that a frat takes it on especially since El Pres is taking all the profits for it. Yes, the frat is making NOTHING. They are basically just being used for free labor and to book the GSR for the Barstool guy.

    I would also like to note that since SCOPE brought Akon and pleased over 5 thousand students on campus, then why would they want to bring another rap act? I'm a HUGE rap fan and I thought Akon was sick. I can respect the fact that MGMT is coming now instead of rap AGAIN. If i was in the shoes of all the other students on campus who didn't like rap then I'd be pissed if Sam came to play here after Akon was already in town.

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  19. I love how the frat is deleting all the anti-Sam Adams comments.

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  20. Backs up with FactsApril 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I love how people talk based on hearsay. El Prez doesn't have his shit together. I tried to look for tickets elsewhere. Four of his six dates are actually booked. Three of them are not at colleges. So much for reaching out to his college readers/followers. Lupo's is not near PC. Toad's in New Haven kinda gets Yale and the less important UNH. The Paradise in Boston is legit cause anywhere in Boston will hit every college there thanks to the T. The Ryan Center management at URI booked him(not the student org or the college itself). He shot himself in the foot here by assuming he was coming here(idiot). And the Mullins Center has no show with anyone by the name of Sam Adams there.

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  21. do ya have to be a UNh student to go to the concert??

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