Ludacris, Vine entertain at Civic Arena

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Rap artist Ludacris performed at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph with Bryce Vine at the 2015 WAC Spring Concert on Saturday, April 11.

Ludacris is a three-time grammy-winning artist who released his latest album “Ludaversal” last month and was on the dais for “The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” on March 30.  He also starred in the recent blockbuster “Furious 7.”

Ludacris played a mixture of several of his older hits, as well as some songs from his new album.

Opening act Vine was just as excited to meet Ludacris as the fans were.

“He’s like…the Wizard of Oz,” Vine said. “I won’t believe that he’s actually in front of me until he’s right there.”

The concert was attended by 992 people, many of whom were students at Missouri Western.

Freshman Jeron Rogers liked the show, but wished it would’ve lasted longer.

“Luda did a great job. I wasn’t here for Bryce Vine, but I heard that he did kill it,” Rogers said. “I wish Luda would’ve stayed and performed longer.”

Freshman Justin Berry also loved the show, but had more fun at last year’s performance by B.O.B.

“It was amazing. He played good songs. He had a good act,” Berry said. “I liked B.O.B. better. There was a little more hype to it.”

Sophomore Travis Webster believes that Ludacris did a good job of keeping the audience moving.

“I thought it was fun; he did a great job. He hyped up the crowd and made it a fun show,” Webster said.

While Ludacris has performed at a variety of venues over his career, Vine explained that he is no stranger to college crowds.

“That’s mainly my audience.  I went on a whole college tour six months ago and we went all around; that’s when I opened for Big Sean,” Vine said.

Vine, who was born in New York and later moved to Los Angeles, explained that he immediately liked St. Joseph when he arrived.

“It is so quiet – like a ‘peaceful’ quiet, not scary, not like a ‘horror movie’ quiet,” Vine said.  “It’s like everyone is just kind of doing their thing and relaxed here. It’s beautiful. It’s cleaner than either New York or LA, for sure.”

Assistant Dean of Student Development Isaiah Collier, who worked with the Western Activities Council in order to put on the show, believes that the enthusiasm of the performers made this year’s Spring Concert a success.

“I think it was a great concert and both artists were full of energy, which played well to the crowd,” Collier said.

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