A Boogie Wit da Hoodie set to perform spring concert


Gerald IsaacSpecial to the Southern News

The Special Events Committee has announced the artist who will be performing at the annual 2017 Spring Week concert.

Billboard Hot 100 rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will perform on the Academic Quad at 6 p.m. on April 22.

“The choice came after we did a survey of who the students wanted and we had over 100 requests for A Boogie,” said Eric Bender, member of the Programs Council who served on the Special Events Committee.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, 21, is a rapper from Highbridge Bronx, New York who gained notoriety after releasing his mixtape, “Artist” to critical acclaim.

“I love A Boogie,” said Brooke Klein, a Business major, “this concert is about to be so lit.”

The decision of who would be performing was made over the course of 10 weeks immediately following the 2016 Homecoming week.

“At first we had a list of artist that included T-Pain and Trey Songz but after last year’s success with a newer artist we wanted to keep the same momentum going by giving the students relevant artist,” said Bender.

Last year, Bryson Tiller was the performer and he sold over a thousand tickets in the first week. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is having a similar success with ticket sales at SCSU.

“We sold almost 800 tickets after almost the first few days of releasing them to the students and the number of people that are purchasing non-student tickets is higher than last year,” said Bender, “So we know this will be a big thing for the city of New Haven and not just Southern, which is even better.”

According to the SCSU website, the tickets are now $10 for SCSU students and their guests; tickets are $25 for non students and faculty.

“I didn’t know who A Boogie was until he was announced for the concert,” said Amber Schultz, a psychology major, “but after my friend showed me his mixtape I immediately went and bought my ticket, the concert should be really good.”

The tickets will eventually be capped around the 2000 sales mark. However, at first, it was going to be lower.

“Before we had decided to put the show outside we were going to cap it around 1500 but then eventually we changed our minds due to the event selling so well,” Bender said.

Students are still purchasing tickets, which are being sold on a first come first serve basis at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.

While taking a photo of the ticket to post on his Snapchat account, junior Chris Thompson said, “This concert is about to lit, I’m hype.”

The event will start at 5 p.m. with DJ entertainment. The concert will start the following hour. Once tickets are sold out there will be no more.

“Students are definitely encouraged to get the tickets as soon as possible because they are selling fast,” said ProCon member Eric Bender. “A Boogie is going to come to Southern and do a really good job and we are all excited.”

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