ASU’s AMP Club showcases local talent

ASU’s AMP Club showcases local talent

TEMPE, Ariz. –The sound of music bombarded ASU’s Secret Garden throughout the night on Saturday, Nov. 10 as artists proudly presented their work to the wandering eyes.


Local artists, musicians, music and art lovers gathered at ASU’s Art, Music and Poetry Club’s (AMP) end-of-the-semester celebration, “Hush Hush,” to showcase the unique and diverse talent that Phoenix’s arts and culture scene has to offer.


“For Hush Hush, we pretty much wanted to get a lot of local artists, hip-hop, in particular, to be introduced to not only the student body but the local scene,” said Nick Rennemann, Vice President of the AMP club and band member of one of the acts, Kollection. “Just throw a really fun show that highlighted a lot of the talent that we have around town.”


The musical performers at the event included Truminati, The Color 8, Andy Warpigs and other local bands from the Phoenix music scene.Originally, the show was supposed to be headlined by Denzel Curry, a popular rapper from Florida. AMP announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6 that Curry was not going to be able to make it to the event.


“We are extremely disappointed to announce that unfortunately, Denzel Curry will not be able to perform at this event,” AMP announced on the event’s Facebook page. “However, this show will go on and we are working diligently with the university in an attempt to secure a replacement headliner. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this, and are doing our best to make sure this event runs smoothly.”


That still did not deter some people from going to the show. “Especially, I wanted to see Denzel Curry, but as it came to be he wasn’t going to come, but I still wanted to see the local talent, said Cody Sweatt, a Mesa resident. Attendees were able to take in an array of musical genres that are prominent here in the local music scene from the various bands.


“I’d say this show is quite different the way people dance and express themselves compared to electronic music shows that I’ve been to,” said Sweatt, who is also an avid electronic dance music (EDM) concert-goer. “I definitely think it differs between the music and styles.”


Rennemann said, “There’s a lot of punk, a lot of hip-hop. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of noise music too. Indie rock, shoe-gaze is a big thing and kind of taken the main thing of my friend group lately.

Along with the musical acts, local artists were also at the event showcasing their artwork.

Analissia Gonzalez, an artist from the Phoenix area, was at the event showing and selling off her paintings and drawings.


“It has gone pretty well,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve sold a few pieces and it’s always nice to make a little bit of money. You get a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds. You have everybody from all locks that’ll come in and look. It’s pretty cool.”


Another one of the artists that worked at the event was Ivan Mendoza, a sophomore at ASU. However, his art was very different from the others, using circuits and toys to create his pieces.

“I think the scene here is very unique. Just at these three tables, there’s a bunch of different stuff. Even in the music, I think everyone has a voice here.”


Even without their headliner, Denzel Curry, AMP still accomplished what they set out to do, showcase the unique and diverse talent pool of artists and musicians that call Phoenix home.

Rennemann said, “I’ve been really happy with it. As it’s gone on, it’s gotten a little better and better. It started off a little slow, but it’s definitely picked up as it has progressed. Couldn’t be happier with how it’s gone.”

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