Live Band Karaoke
August 18 @ 9:30 pm, Hansen
Singing is only half the fun! Watching others performing their unique renditions of rock’s greatest songs also contribute to the hilarity. Some singers really belt out the tunes, while others make up for a lack of singing ability with rowdy stage presence. Either way, the irony and humor work on many levels as the band rocks out the songs true to the original recording. Band members can also contribute as back up vocalists and help out with forgotten lyrics.
Live Band Karaoke provides lyric sheets for any song on the list. The lyrics are printed in large type so they are easier to read while singing. There are tons of songs to choose from covering all areas of rock and roll providing something for everyone.
Black Light Neon Campus Walk/Run
August 19 @ 9:15 pm on Eckley QuadThe Black Light Neon Run is a unique event. Wear a white shirt and plan to run or walk the course set out on campus.
August 21 @ 9 pm, Hansen
Who best to tell you what it is all about than Frederick himself? So we asked him to give us a brief description of what he is all about.
This is what he said…
So here’s the scoop: I LOVE to “swing my watch for a good time.”
OK, I don’t actually use a watch but I sure have fun hypnotizing people. You’ll detect from the moment I’m introduced to the audience that there’s no place I’d rather be than on stage entertaining a college or corporate crowd. But, more importantly, the CROWDS have a great time too! Thousands of people have come up to me over the years and said, “I’ve never laughed so hard in my life!” Wow… I can’t imagine being told anything better than that.
August 22 @ 8 pm, Hansen
Titan Carnival begins at 8pm, immediately after the Titan Carnival for Family and Staff which runs until 8pm.
August 27 @ 3 pm, Magill Hall Boardwalk
The Registered Student Organization Fair is where you can discover your place at IWU. Hosted from 3 to 5 pm on the Magill Boardwalk by the new State Farm water sculpture, IWU RSOs will be out in full force to show what they offer and how you can join an existing RSO or create one of your own.
Epic Rap Battles
August 28 @ 9 pm, Hansen
August 29 @ 7 pm, Hansen
The agents of MISSION IMPROVable Comedy Team are just a few audience suggestions away from creating a brand new and original production that's all about whatever you tell them! This fast-paced and exciting new form of comedy is a combination of MTV's "Wild 'N Out" and "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
September 17 @ Eckley Quad
The Fun Run Walk and Roll is an annual event on campus. Participants are doused in color as they cross the finish line.
September 18 @ 8 pm, Hansen
Kazual (pronounced "casual") is one of the hottest and freshest A Capella Troupes to hit the market! They produce, write, dance, and sing while engaging audiences across the country. If barbershop quartet comes to mind when you think of acapella music, THINK AGAIN! Using only their vocal instruments, Kazual’s sound is SMOOTH, RICH and REFINED incorporating elements Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop. Blending beats with ballads, these guys bring an audience to their feet and make ladies swoon. With crowd-pleasing covers and original arrangements, Kazual is SERIOUS entertainment for everyone!
Magician Nash Fung
er 19 @ 8 pm, Hansen
Magician Nash Fung brings to you an ultimate performance mixing original magic, psychology, sharp humor & inspirational messages.
September 25 @ 8 pm, Hansen
Jose Barrientos never took life seriously.. And as a result has been fired from every jo b he's ever had. Desperate for better life Jose Joined the United States ARMY. Four years later of trying to live the soldier lifestyle Jose realized the truth. From his Basic Training, to his final deployment to Iraq, Jose was designed to kill. With laughter. First by impersonating his drill instructors, to later commandeering the US ARMY Radio waves in Iraq to speak to his fellow troops as one of his many impersonations. Upon his release, Jose began to pursue a career as a stand-up comic (in other words, a subway employ or Starbucks barista) Performing in many A-List Comedyclubs in San Diego. 6 months later he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Where he performs regularly and is involved in such prestigious entertainment projects of his own creation.
October 2 @ 7 pm, Hansen
Katie Wirsing has never been big on small talk. Or backward thinking.
Firmly believing the mouth is a speakerbox to whatever makes your heart sing most; she has opera lungs and a getaway car for anyone willing to pick up and move forward.
Never afraid of the difficult truths, Katie has toured her way to stages around the world speaking on issues from gender, love, sexuality, and spirituality to jello wrestling and her Grandmother’s love of hot dogs.
A Member of the National Poetry Slam Championship team and Denver representative at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, Katie’s work has been featured on college campuses across the country, NPR, the BBC and countless local radio stations. She performed as the opening act for The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and AquaGirl, a queer woman’s festival, as well as being the poetic voice on a national commercial.
Having toured internationally with such remarkable artists as Andrea Gibson and Buddy Wakefield, as well as opening for The Flobots, Saul Williams and legendary lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, Katie has taken her brand of storytelling from coast to coast, proving her fluency in the language of living is universally appreciated.
Homecoming 2015 Events @ Hansen
October 5 - 11, 2015
Bloomington/Normal Pizza Taste Off
October 7 @ Hansen
The Pizza Taste Off will once again highlight some of the top pizza places in Bloomington and Normal. Representatives from various vendors will be passing out free samples of their pizza. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the event.
Lip Sync Contest
October 8 @ Hansen
The Lip Sync competition is designed to display the creative skills of teams by having them create an original dance routine while lip syncing to music that ties into the year’s theme. Lip Sync consists of two rounds. The first round is a performance selected by the team. The second is a lip sync Battle round in “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” style
October 9 @ 9 pm, Hansen
As seen on NBC’s hit reality TV show America’s Got Talent, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area.
Their performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.
Founded by professional gymnast Tim Shaw, these young inner city youth are taught discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork. Members must maintain a “C” average in school, are not allowed to drop out of school, associate with gangs, drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Through Tim’s positive impact, many kids have not only become professional polished gymnasts, but turned their lives around in the process.
They’ve also performed in Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, the Ellen Show, Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
October 23 @ 8 pm, Hansen
Geoff Keith began performing stand up comedy at the end of 2003. Since then he has been making a name for himself and audiences and industry have both been taking notice. After Keith's first time on stage he walked off and heard an audience member saying, "remember that kid's name."
He spent his first two years traveling all over Southern California every night driving over 100 miles per night just to get stage time. He performed at AA meetings, restaurants, swap meets, nudist colonies, bars, clubs, etc. Whether there were two people or 200 people he would make the drive.
Soon he began traveling to other states such as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada for gigs. The drives did not get any shorter going from state to state each day.
In January 2006 he got an opportunity to work a week at the Sacramento Punchline Comedy Club with Pablo Francisco. Francisco immediately brought Keith on the road with him for the remainder of the year giving Keith tons of experience working in front of packed crowds at the top clubs in the country. Francisco also included Keith in his one hour Comedy Central special "Pablo Francisco's: Ouch!" which aired in 2006. Since then Keith has appeared on Playboy TV's "Night Calls," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," ABC's "Comic's Unleashed with Byron Allen," HBO's "Down and Dirty with Jim Norton," BET's "One Mic Stand," E! Channel's "Chelsea Lately," and some others. He also was asked to perform at the Vancouver Comedy Festival in 2006 and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Quebec in 2007.
On the acting front Keith was featured in "Coach Carter" and "Even Money" and has appeared in two national commercials. Along with those accomplishments, he had a development deal with Turner Broadcasting to create funny webisodes for their internet site SuperDeluxe.com. Keith also filmed a secret project for Ashton Kutcher which included funny short videos where he was the star. Kutcher directed four of the videos and Keith improvised the rest himself with Kutcher's approval.
Keith most recently finished shooting two seasons as one of the stars of MTV's "Disaster Date" with memorable characters such as "Mayhem the Wrestler," the "Homeless Guy," "Mr. Romance," and many more.
Currently, Keith is touring the country performing at colleges and comedy clubs alike.
October 13 @ 9 pm, Hansen
Undercover is a biannual Illinois Wesleyan University student music competition that is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and takes place in the Hansen Student Center.
All IWU students are eligible to audition for a chance to compete in the live competition. All competitors will sing two cover songs for a panel of guest judges who will consider both performance and audience response to determine the competition's winner. Some performers only sing the vocals while other groups may choose to play instruments as well. Past performances have included acoustic ballads, Motown's greatest hits, country songs and rock anthems. In recent years professional musicians and comedians have been invited to host the show. Check back to see if a celebrity performer will be appearing at Undercover 27.
For additional information about the event, contact the Office of Student Activities at (309) 556-3850.