'Devilpalooza' in review: PAB event takes over campus

Published On:
Monday, February 22, 2010
Printer-friendly version

ASU's Programming and Activities Board (PAB) put on Devilpalooza, an event held on the SRC Field last Friday, which generated a huge crowd that only increased throughout the day. The event ran from 1 p.m.- 10 p.m. and included extreme sports and three bands.

Devilpalooza had a little bit of everything for the student body to enjoy. There was a Cricket Campus Rail Jam, sponsored by Fuel TV, an extreme sports and music television station. ASU was the second campus the nationwide event visited.

The rail jam consisted of a drop-in ramp that was followed by three different obstacles to perform stunts on, which included two boxes and one rail. The miniature sized course was covered in real snow from northern Arizona. Three heats of competition snowboarders and skiiers showed their stuff and threw tricks to a crowd of onlooking and cheering students, as free T-shirts were being thrown into outstretched hands.

The event also had a quarter pipe for skateboarders and bmx riders, located right next to the rail jam. This pipe was open to anyone who wanted to ride, and for most of the day, both sides of it were lined with skaters. One got the feeling that it might be wise for ASU to install a permanent quarter pipe near the SRC.

During midday, Story of the Year held a meet and greet in front of the stage constructed at the far left of the field, nestled between the Law Library, near the Hassyampa dormitories. PAB members handed out copies of the band's newest album, "The Constant" to students, who waited in line to shake hands with the band members and get their CDs signed.

In case a bystander wished to purchase extreme gear, Ski Pro and Roxy were set up in nearby tents. New Times had a tent where they handed out free stuff and students could play "Rock Band." The rest of the tents included vendors such as Bank of America, Amica, LG and Cricket. Some of the vendors were sponsoring contests and giveaways, and by texting the name of the prize desired, a few lucky students won skateboard decks and LG phones.

Student sports organizations, such as ASU Tae Kwon Do and Equestrian, were also out in tents along the SRC Field, and the Swing Devils, a campus swing dancing club were handing out flyers and doing dance demonstrations.

To the back of the SRC Field, there were two big ramps for motorcross riders that performed tricks as the sun was setting. One could stand by and watch the riders throw down back flips and other tricks with the SRC behind them.

The event commenced with performances from Dear & The Headlights, Story of the Year and Thrice. Local band Dear & The Headlights drew a crowd of supporters, despite the lead singer, Ian Metzger, delivering a meager introduction of his band as "the opening band for Thrice." Story of the Year started a mosh pit with the playing of their two "Page Avenue" hits, "Anthem of Our Dying Day" and "Until the Day I Die." Thrice was the final band and a crowd favorite. They played songs off of "Vheissu," "Artist In the Ambulance" and their newest album "Beggars," finishing with a song off their sophomore album, "The Illusion of Safety."

Overall, Devilpalooza was a successful event. Students seemed pleased with the outcome and many of the activities. PAB should be very proud of their efforts and hopefully they will plan another event similar to this one in the near future.

Reach the reporter at slchancy@asu.edu