MAKO Concert Release Party

mako.jpgPhoto contributed by Kayla Ebner

Rebecca Farias

Herald Reporter

Campus Entertainment Network (CEN) announced on Friday, March 24 that Andy Grammer will be featured as the Spring Concert’s headliner, with R. City (also known as Rock City) supporting and Dave Coulier chosen as the Final Comedian.

CEN traditionally announces its Spring Concert artists and Final Comedian selection at March Meltdown Release Party, where the organization hosts a countdown party while another artist hypes up the crowd. This year, CEN themed its spring festivities around a “Saved by the 90s” theme.

On the Field House stage stood Alex Seaver, this year’s Release Party artist and half of the popular duo Mako. Seaver, who attended Julliard on a full scholarship, works with DJ Logan Light to produce dance music, such as their hit single “Beam,” which scored 1.5 million hits on YouTube. Seaver performed several songs from Mako’s 2016 album Hourglass, such as “Smoke-Filled Room” and “Into the Sunset.”

The hour countdown on the huge mounted TV finally wound down, and students stopped dancing to cluster around it, waiting for the announcement. A short video with clips from “Spongebob” elicited a round of cheers.

The video first announced that this year’s featured comedian will be Dave Coulier, an actor, impressionist, and television host most famous for playing Joey Gladstone on the family sitcom “Full House.”

Next, it was revealed that hip hop fusion duo R. City was selected as the Spring Concert’s opening act. Brothers Theron “Uptown AP” and Timothy “A.I.” Thomas have written songs for Sean Kingston, Miley Cyrus, and Ciara, to name a few. In addition, they have collaborated with many well-known artists, such as Akon, B.o.B, and Usher. They are most famous for working with Adam Levine on their 2015 smash hit, “Locked Away.”
Finally, singer, songwriter, and producer Andy Grammer was announced as the Spring Concert’s headliner. Grammer is famous for singles such as “Fresh Eyes,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and the multi-platinum single “Honey I’m Good.” In 2011, he visited RWU when he performed an impromptu duet with rapper Shad.

Each fall semester, CEN compiles a list of possible artists, which is then sent out as a survey to all students. The organization’s Traditions Co-Chairs, sophomore Kevin Taratuta and junior Gillian Goodrich, then select the Spring Concert artists based on the survey responses.

“I feel the Release Party went really well,” Goodrich said. “I was excited to see Alex Seaver from Mako perform. He was excited to be our hype guy leading up to the announcement. We were thrilled with how the video went over—thanks to the hard work and talent of the Film Production Club, it was insanely cute, fun, and 90s!”

She continued, “I was so nervous leading up to the release of Andy Grammer and R. City! I was loving the cheers from the crowd and I’ve felt the excitement on campus. It makes the work leading up to the Release Party beyond worthwhile!”

The Spring Concert will take place on April 27, and Dave Coulier will perform the next night on April 28. Tickets go on sale at the Recreation Center Box Office on April 18 and are very limited.

 

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