On the night of May 8, a sold out crowd will be preparing for a night of non-stop dancing to thumpin’, bumpin’ electronic music. That’s right, the student-run spring electronic music dance event called Unity is back, thanks to the efforts of Electronic Music for Change (EMC) and the ASUCD Entertainment Council.
Unity will feature high-energy go-go dancers, free refreshments to keep you hydrated for more dancing, giveaways from various sponsors, professional lighting and professional sound of up to 15,000 watts.
“This event will raise charity for Davis Children’s Hospital and Cal Aggie Camp while helping people appreciate electronic music,” said Thongxy Phansopha, director of the ASUCD Entertainment Council. “We want to make it annual, even have it as a concert.”
Electronic music has been making its way into mainstream airwaves lately, having that computerized, unique sound.
Co-founder and senior economics major Cesar Bucio said he wants people to “feel they got their money’s worth and that the quality of life can be improved for children.”
This event originally began last year, selling out tickets. Junior mechanical engineering major Veronica Coleman was a regular participant at last year’s event. She said she enjoyed it so much that she decided to attend meetings for EMC and eventually became the vice director of the group.
This year’s event will star some skillful DJs such as Nordic DJ Marcus Schossow, C Kay, DJ Forest Green and the local sounds of Oroboros. And all proceeds from the event will go to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Cal Aggie Camp.
“We want to get the name [Unity] out to a bigger range of people,” said Tiffany Wood, the new director of EMC. “It’s an event to help people relax, unwind, forget about the budget cuts and let go of stress for one night of fun and dance.”
“This event will provide people with more electronic music options and help to bring about social change in the community,” Coleman said. “We want to help the children of the future.”
“The atmosphere is something that you can’t describe. You just have to experience it for yourself,” Bucio said, before relishing his own happy memories of last year’s event. “In the future we hope to bring out a child who has personally benefited from this event. We’re trying to save lives.”
Students can purchase tickets through the Freeborn Ticket Office or an EMC staff member. Check out more information about this event at electronicmusicforchange.com or look for it on Facebook.
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