The entertainment for Chasers Bar in Downtown Bloomington will now be provided by ISU-VibeTribe, a Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus.
ISU-VibeTribe is an organization on campus which allows students who love electronic music a place to go and enjoy music. They are bringing together students who are into DJing, music production, promotions and graphic design.
The primary function is to host shows both inside and outside of ISU to promote student artists and bring popular electronic music acts to campus, Cody Walker, senior public relations major and ISU-VibeTribe founder, said.
Any student can join ISU-VibeTribe. They currently have close to 50 members with nine people sitting on the RSO’s council.
“Their knowledge of the music scene and the depth of performers in their group really made them a no-brainer,” Phillip Kawabata, manager of Chasers, said. “They have extremely talented and creative people in their RSO, and it is evident in their music. I have not seen any other DJs in town come with a live saxophone player at the bar.”
Kawabata first reached out to ISU-VibeTribe when he met Walker. Chasers previous entertainment Resident DJ was lost after the members graduated.
Kawabata and Walker met two years ago when Walker was interviewing for a position within Public
Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). During this time, Kawabata learned Walker enjoyed DJing in his spare time.
ISU-VibeTribe has been working entertainment for Chasers since the beginning of spring semester and the RSO’s first big event was held on Feb. 28.
“Chasers set up an event with Red Bull for an industry night,” Walker said. “They had booked their old DJ for that night and then the VibeTribe opened up.”
It was obvious ISU-VibeTribe wanted to do something different from other bars downtown, Kawabata said. They really want people to come out and support the music and musicians at the bar instead of just going out and nodding their heads all night.
ISU-VibeTribe is at Chasers Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Chasers is working with ISU-VibeTribe to schedule a DJ battle for sometime after Spring Break as well as themed nights in the future.
Furthermore, ISU-VibeTribe will host a Silent Disco night on the Quad on April 4. They will have several DJs making music at one time.
Students are welcome to walk in and put on headphones to listen to a specific DJ.
“We do believe that working with the ISU-VibeTribe will bring more students to Chasers,” Kawabata said.
“So far it has been a great experience and we have seen an increase in business since they started performing.”