events and appealing entertainers throughout the year. The Special Events committee collaborates with ISU AfterDark and hosts the headlining performers. Comedians, hypnotists, and mentalists are just a few of the many entertainers that take stage each semester. The committee also hosts the annual Down and Dirty Swing Dance and Project Runway in the fall. Special Events is a great way to interact and have fun on campus!
UPCOMING SPRING 2015 SUB SPECIAL EVENTS
PRELIMS: Monday, April 6
FINALS: Thursday, April 16
Cyclone Voice is a singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s finale host will be singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. Andy is known for his hit songs “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” and his latest chart-climbing hit “Honey, I’m Good.” Andy will emcee the event and will perform a few songs right before the winner is announced.
Pre-lims will be taking place on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop. Participants will be required to sing one song in front of a panel of judges. The song must be a karaoke style, with no background or pre-recorded vocals. You can choose to play an MP3 file, or be accompanied by one person and instrument (must provide own instrument). All MP3 files should be labeled as LastName.Firstname_Songtitle and emailed to the following address by Friday, April 3: upload.Cyclone.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is open until Wednesday, April 1. The finalists of Cyclone Voice prelims will perform at Cyclone Voice Finals on Thursday, April 16 at 8pm, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
For official rules and information, click HERE.
Friday, April 10
9 p.m. Great Hall, Brooks Wheelan: comedian from NBC's Saturday Night Live
Brooks Wheelan is an American stand-up comedian originally from Manchester, Iowa. Wheelan was most recently a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2013-2014 season. Prior to joining SNL, he started out performing stand-up comedy in his late teens in Iowa, then went to Kansas City and Chicago, before eventually moving to Los Angleles where he began to pursue stand-up comedy full-time and take improv classes. Wheelan was also an occasional contributing writer to the website CollegeHumor. After being seen on Saturday Night Live, Wheelan embarked on a standup tour entitled 'Brooks Wheelan Falls Back On Standup Comedy (sorta) Tour.’
11 p.m. Great Hall, Keegan Allen: Toby from ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars
Keegan Allen is an American actor, musician, and photographer. Starting in 2002 Keegan Allen landed his first role as the Parkeet Owner’s Son in Small Emergencies, before moving on to a guest spot as a model in 2010 on the Nick show Big Time Rush. Perhaps the biggest break also came in 2010, ABC Family premiered the show Pretty Little Liars based on the novels by Sara Shepard, where Keegan can be seen in his current role of Toby Cavanaugh.
PAST SPRING 2015 SUB SPECIAL EVENTS
Friday, January 30
9 p.m. Great Hall, Brian Imbus: Hypnotist/Mentalist
Brian Imbus is one of the most popular entertainers in the United States. He performs over 200 shows annually at Colleges, Corporate Events, and High Schools.
Hypnotism: In this high energy performance, the audience will become the show as volunteers are led through an entertaining journey of imagination.
Mentalism: He is one of the most recognized authorities in Mindreading Entertainment. In his theatrical performance, Brian will read random thoughts of audience members, the lottery will be predicted, and the show will end with one amazing finale that will leave the audience stunned!
11 p.m. Great Hall, King Michael: Tribute to Michael Jackson
From early moments with his brothers to his stratospheric rise to become the GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME! This spectacular includes MJ's greatest hits: "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Smooth Criminal," "Earth Song" and more! Featuring world renowned Michael Jackson tribute artist Jeffrey Perez who can sing live while mastering the intense dancing that Michael Jackson was so famous for.
About Jeffrey Perez
Jeffrey Perez is one of the best and most exciting Michael Jackson tribute artists to take center stage. Music has always been a big part of Jeffrey’s life, and he’s not just any performer but indeed a special one. At the age of 1 he began to bounce to the beat of Michael Jackson’s Bad Album and began to mimic the iconic legend. At the age of 3 he became obsessed with the entertainer and started to structure his career mastering Michael’s sound, body language and look. Today he has become a hit tribute performer across the United States. Aside from his work with KING MICHAEL, Jeffrey is preparing to perform as one of the stars in the upcoming international world tour The Legend Continues. In his spare time he currently coaches a team for Arizona Thunder All-Stars in Peoria, Arizona. There are many other Michael Jackson tribute artists, some have a remarkable resemblance and others can dance or even sing like the King Of Pop, Jeffrey does it all and artistically portrays Michael Jackson like no one else can.
Friday, March 6
9 p.m. Great Hall, Greg Kennedy - Spherus: Innovative Juggling w/ Aerial Dancers
Spherus is a nonverbal trio-show. It features International Juggling champion Greg Kennedy, complemented by two aerial dancers. Greg was originally trained as an engineer and uses the principles of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work with original apparatus. Greg's structural shape creations appear in this show, along with dazzling artistry on trapezes, silks and spinning hoops.
11 p.m. Great Hall, Carly Aquilino: comedian from MTV's Girl Code
Carly Aquilino is a stand-up comedian described by audience members as "funny" and by her father as "a huge mistake." As a New York native, Carly first stepped on stage at Gotham Comedy Club and has since been quickly rising in the comedy scene, performing at the most popular clubs in New York.
Carly's hobbies are telling jokes and checking Facebook to make sure the people that made fun of her in high school got fat. Carly feels proud of having her stand up featured on Sirius XM radio and is especially proud that she once made her grandma Marilyn laugh so hard that her teeth fell out.