Hip-hop duo Atmosphere will perform an on-campus concert this Thursday. | Photo courtesy of Dan Monick

Sam Gilbert

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Cal Poly welcomes hip-hop duo Atmosphere for the group’s on-campus concert this Thursday at 11 a.m.

Rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) are the faces behind Atmosphere.

“This has been an artist we’ve been looking into for a couple of years now, even before I got the position,” said Gage McGinnis, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Events musical entertainment assistant and business administration senior.

At Cal Poly, there are big Atmosphere fans and fans of the underground hip-hop genre as a whole, McGinnis said.

Rather than having the event in the Julian A. McPhee University Union (UU) Plaza as with prior ASI concerts, the show will take place in the Recreation Center main gym.

“We’ve done concerts at 11 a.m. and we’ve done concerts in the Recreation Center, but not at 11 a.m. in the Recreation Center, so it’ll be different in that respect,” McGinnis said.

McGinnis said they’re expecting a turnout of at least 1,000 people.

“In the past when there’s been concerts at 11 a.m., a lot of people have still come out,” recreation, parks and tourism administration junior Kendall Price said.

Price said people will be ready for the weekend because the performance is on a Thursday.

The reaction to the duo’s arrival in San Luis Obispo has been overall positive.

“The fact that they got Atmosphere here got me super stoked on Cal Poly in general, because it shows the general student body has a similar music taste to what I have,” economics sophomore Adam Redding-Kaufman said.

Redding-Kaufman said he read in Mustang News that the duo was performing, and he was practically frothing at the mouth. 

“I kind of feel like Atmosphere is the Shakespeare of rap, because Shakespeare wrote plays that could connect with everyone and give a message that everyone could tap into in their own way,” Redding-Kaufman said.

He’s looking forward to hearing them echo that connection, he said.

To add to the excitement over Atmosphere’s presence, ASI election results will be announced after the concert.

“I think the idea with that was that we might as well go where students already are, rather than trying to bring students to the UU to announce the results either before or after the concert,” McGinnis said.

Thursday’s concert is free to Cal Poly students with a PolyCard.

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