Seattle rap artist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline University of the Pacific's annual student Spring Concert, it was announced today. Opening for the hit duo will be musician and record producer Ryan Leslie.
The show will be held at Stockton's Civic Auditorium at 8 p.m. March 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets for students in the community go on sale tomorrow at noon.
"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won by a landslide in our student poll earlier this year, so we are excited that he has accepted our invitation to perform in Stockton," said Jamie Barnes, the Arts and Entertainment Commissioner for ASUOP, Pacific's student body government. "What makes this performance so exciting is the fact that both artists performing are independent."
Tickets for Pacific students will cost $15, and for students in San Joaquin County who aren't enrolled at Pacific, they will cost $20. Student tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center on Pacific's Stockton campus. A student ID will be required to purchase.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, Jan. 18 at noon at http://pacific2013.brownpapertickets.com. Those tickets will cost $30.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are a duo from Seattle, Washington. They have emerged as a premier national hip-hop group known for their electrifying live shows, expertly crafted music, and innovative music videos and media. Most recently, they have broken new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, "The Heist" which shot into the number 1 spot on iTunes and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts without the support of a traditional record label. Their single "Thrift Shop" has reached top 40 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and is still climbing, with a wildly popular music video which has received more than 20 million views on YouTube.
Ryan Leslie is a Washington, D.C. native who graduated from Harvard at the age of 19. Leslie is also a graduate of Bear Creek High School here in Stockton. He has been nominated for a Grammy in 2011, a Soul Train Music Award in 2010, and also has been nominated for two Black Entertainment Television Awards. Besides music, Leslie also lectures and shows support for various philanthropic activities, specifically with support for the Salvation Army, LetsFCancer and the All As One charities.
The announcement of the Spring Concert was made at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lair. During the announcement five free CDs from artists and five free tickets to the show were given away through a raffle.
Last semester, students were asked to vote for the artists they would like to see at the annual Spring Concert. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received the most votes. Other runner ups were 2Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, and Big Sean.
For more information about the concert, visit http://pacific2013.brownpapertickets.com.