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ISSUE 117 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/26/2003

Fall Concert brings hip hop group to Skoglund

By Amy Aaron
Executive Editor

Friday, September 26, 2003

Black Eyed Peas, a hip-hop group from Los Angeles, will be headlining the annual Fall Concert on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in Skoglund Athletic Center.

Tickets, which went on sale Wednesday, will continue to be sold through Oct. 9. St. Olaf students can purchase tickets for $5 in advance or $7 at the door. The general public is also welcome at the event, although the price for non-St. Olaf students is $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

The band, which incorporates aspects of hip-hop, pop and R&B into its music, is promoting their latest album, "Elephunk," and was chosen amongst other bands as the best fit for Fall Concert. Part of this decision was based on the band’s current popularity.

This album, which contains songs such as the hit single "Where is the Love," featuring a post-’N Sync Justin Timberlake, has greatly contributed to the band’s notoriety. According to Pause Concert Chair Mary Henry ‘06, this up-to-date popularity will attract students to the show. "Because they’re new and current, I think [the show] will draw more people," Henry said.

In addition to their popularity, their eclectic style also made Black Eyed Peas an attractive option for Fall Concert. "They’re so diverse," Henry said, pointing out that their style varies from hip-hop to a more mainstream pop sound. Furthermore, she noted that the concert’s date fit well into the band’s schedule, making it a convenient choice.

Henry described this year’s hip-hop heavy show as a "new path [for Fall Concert] to go in, a new type of genre." The Twin Cities hip-hop group 3 Kings, which focuses on beatboxing and turntables will open for Black Eyed Peas.

This year’s artists promise to provide a contrast to the jam rock style of Blues Traveler, which performed last year, and to rap artist Busta Rhymes who performed in 2001.

This year, however, Fall Concert will undergo many significant changes beyond merely the genre of the bands performing. Until this year, Fall Concert has regularly been a co-sponsored event between St. Olaf and Carleton. Due to recently reported rearrangements between the schools regarding the spring concert, Carleton decided to discontinue its sponsorship of Fall Concert. Carleton students are still welcome at the concert, but they will not receive a discounted ticket price as they have in previous years.

Henry said she does not think that Carleton’s diminished involvement and the related rise in ticket price will greatly affect the turnout for the show, saying that she still expects many Carleton students to come.

This year, Black Eyed Peas toured with Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera as a part of their Justified & Stripped tour. The 45-concert arena tour ended in St. Paul, Minn. on August 24.

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