Spring Fling in 1990 featured The Band and Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. According to the original Daily article by Janine Billy, The Band’s music was “cool and soothing, but warm and soulful.” Photo by Karl Schatz (LA ’92)
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Grammy-award winner Nelly to headline Spring Fling, with EDM and indie rock openers to start off the show. The Daily may think it’s a little “uninspired,” but check out a video of the announcement here and decide for yourself!
Concert board co-chairs Mark Bernardo and Julia Stein announced at the end of Theta Chi fundraiser Tufts’ Best Dance Crew that Nelly will be the headlining act of the 2013 Spring Fling concert.
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Along with headliner Nelly, Bernardo and Stein announced the two opening acts mashup 5 & A Dime and indie band Yeasayer. The announcement comes after a petition for a female headlining artist received over 250 signatures online. Neither the creator of the petition nor the Concert Board were available for comment.
Today is the last day for undergraduate students to get free tickets to Spring Fling. Free tickets will be available online at www.tuftstickets.com until 11:59 pm tonight, after which any remaining tickets will be sold at the Campus Center information booth for $20. This year’s main acts will take the stage at 1 p.m. with Lupe Fiasco, followed by White Panda at 2:15 p.m. and Guster at 3:45 p.m.. More information about Saturday’s event can be found here.
Tufts Concert Board announced today that Philadelphia-based hip-hop group The Roots will be headlining this year’s Spring Fling on April 30. DJ/electronic musician RJD2 will open the show.
The Roots puts unique spin on hip-hop, relying on a full band rather than a backing DJ. The group was founded – originally as The Square Roots – in the late ‘80s by Tariq Trotter (aka Blackthought, the group’s main MC) and Ahmir Thompson (aka ?uestlove, drummer), and has been producing hit albums (this past year saw the release of their ninth and tenth studio albums (“How I Got Over” and “Wake Up!,” respectively).
The Roots can currently be seen performing nightly on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on NBC as the show’s house band. While the band has been around for a while, and doesn’t currently have a hit on the Billboard charts, they’re well known for putting on high-energy, raucous live performances.
RJD2, the concert’s opening act, is a DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Columbus, Ohio. His work, though hard to fully pigeonhole, is most a blend of hip-hop beats and electronic music. RJD2’s best known work is “A Beautiful Mine,” which is used as the opening theme song for AMC’s “Mad Men.
Look for further details and full coverage of this announcement in The Daily on Monday morning.