Yung Joc, Ross headline concert

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The Western Activities Council has verified “It’s goin’ down” like “in the club” at the Civic Arena for Missouri Western’s annual Spring Concert.

The WAC sponsored event is scheduled for April 10 and will feature rap performers Rick Ross and Yung Joc.
The announcement came officially March 26 through the public relations department a week after WAC presented the performance line-up at an SGA meeting.

The announcement was long awaited for students eager to hear who would be at the Spring Concert, when and if it would occur this year.

“I was just wondering if they were going to get somebody. I Think I’ll go now that I know who it is,” said Joseph Franklin, Missouri Western student.

WAC co-chair for music and entertainment Olin Kinsey explained that the delay had to do with time constraints, rather than irresponsible planning.

In the past, WAC adviser Stan Sweeney assisted in bringing the Spring Concert acts to Missouri Western by dealing with agents and booking issues.

This year WAC student organizers coordinated the event; unfortunately the students found many obstacles in booking artists, despite attending a NACA conference last summer which concentrated on concert production and organizing.
Issues of reliability and positive crowd interaction were factored in when selecting the artists.

Kinsey explained that of the artists that were considered initially, many times agents were not receptive to booking and were not returning calls to verify their acts.

“Instead of being a bugaboo, we thought it was better to wait for them to call us. Then it became an issue of time,” Kinsey said, “also with some artists, they ran into legal issues, and we decided it was better not to invite them.”

Other artists considered for the event were T-Pain and Lil’ Wayne.

The concert will be held at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, which accommodates 4,200 and will be open to the public. All tickets are general admission, and at the event alcohol will be prohibited.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available starting April 1 in the center for student engagement where each student with valid Missouri Western identification can obtain a free ticket for the event.

The event is open to the public as well, and tickets will be available through Ticketmaster as of April 1st for $27.00 per ticket.

Staff and faculty may obtain tickets through the CSE for $12 per ticket.

Ticket distribution will cease at noon April 10, the day of the concert.

Ross currently holds the number two album this week, following a peak at the number one spot the previous week for his new album “Trilla.” He is known for such hits as his debut single “Hustlin.’”

Yung Joc, born Jasiel Robinson, holds the 66th position currently for his hit single “ 1st Time” which includes collaboraters Marques Houston and Trey Songz. He is also known for the hit single “Its ‘goin down,” which peaked in 2006 at number one on the billboard charts. In 2006 he was nominated in the category “best rap song” for the MTV Music Video awards, and last year in 2007 he was nominated for a “Grammy” in the category of “best rap song,” both of which for the hit single “Its ‘goin’ down.”

Past performers include Switchfoot last year, and Chely Wright and Emerson Drive the previous. The most recent rapper which performed for Western was Twista, three years ago. This is in keep­ing with the WAC policy of rotating Rap/ R&B, Rock and country music artists in a three-year rotation.

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