UCSB's HUB is THE place for concerts, events and awesome entertainment. With a capacity of 800, the HUB has been known to host everything from concerts by Steve Aoki and SBTRKT, to salsa dance parties, to drag queen bingo night. If you want quality entertainment at UCSB -- this is where you want to be.
On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, Janet Mock came to UCSB to share her experience as a trans woman in the media and how she navigates personal, social, and political spaces. Janet also read from her new book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.
After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman in a 2011 profile in Marie Claire magazine, Janet focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. She currently writes and speaks about her experience of living at the intersections of identities.
Friday February 7th 2014 featured a sold out show of the one, the only, Immortal Technique. Here’s just a snippet of the wild amounts of high energy and profound political statements he brought to the HUB for an unforgettable night.
On February 1st, 2014, Chips n Salsa came back to the HUB! The dance floor was full practically the entire night with salsa dancers from various schools - UCSB to be sure, as well as Cal Poly SLO, El Camino College, USC, and more! A lesson by none other than DJ Peter Araiza from the LA Dance Influence set the tone for the night - friendly, smooth, a sprinkling of rambunctiousness, plus a little sass. The rest of the night was one whirlwind of a dance party to the best salsa, bachata, merengue and chacha music thanks to DJ Peter, with a little treat to close off the night: a taste of that slow-moving, sensual kizomba. Don’t miss out on the next Chips n Salsa! All pictures by Ēdiscō Photography.
On January 24th, 2014, Of Montreal rocked a full house of 800 in the HUB! Opener Wild Moccasins warmed up the crowd with their eclectic one-of-a-kind rock, finally giving way to headliner Of Montreal around 9:30 pm, much to the crowd’s anticipation. For two hours lead singer Kevin Barnes and his band gave an ear-splitting heart-pumping concert, with an encore that got the entire house jumping.
Everyone who came to the second annual Winter Wonder-Drag Show on Thursday, January 16 was PUMPED UP. These exuberant ladies showed off their fabulous and provocative fashion sense and more importantly, messages of self-love, no matter what kind of sexuality or gender you identify with. Special thanks to Miss Avery Daniels, the hostess!
On Wednesday, November 13th, A.S. Program Board and the UCen brought Winter Wonderland to Corwin Pavilion! There was an ice-rink with artificial ice and free ice skate rental for everyone - families included! There were free cookies and hot cider, a fun photo booth with boa scarves and crazy hats and sunglasses, and an area where people could write special cards on teddy bears that will be donated to children - Gauchos know how to spread the love.
Check out these cute Instagram pics by UCSB students:
Saturday, October 26th was Dandiya Nyte at the HUB! Hosted by the Indian Association of Santa Barbara, there was a lesson of traditional Dandiya dancing (featuring colorful sticks), a variety of delicious Indian foods spread out for everyone to try, and much whooping, cheering and clapping as people ran barefoot up on the stage and around the dance floor. People of all backgrounds dressed up in colorful Indian outfits and learned how to dance to the energetic music. The room positively swayed with the non-stop motion of the people. Can’t wait for next year!
On Saturday October 19th, the HUB was packed with a crowd of almost 300 salsa dancers. The annual Salsa/Latin night was sponsored by The HUB, Greek orgs HAU and NAK, as well as local DJ Live Santa Barbara. Keep your eyes peeled for another amazing salsa night!