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CAT concert features prominent artists

By Sam Marinelli
On May 2, 2012

  • The alloted budget is the most important aspect in determining performers. COURTESY OF THECOMEUPSHOW.COM


One of the most anxiously-awaited events of the school year is the Spring Concert, hosted by the University's Campus Activities Team, in the Pavilion. 

Open to students, faculty and off-campus guests, past concerts featured artists such as The Fray and Girl Talk. This year, the concert featured Wale and Chiddy Bang. 

Before the concert, attendance was expected to be higher than last year's hit concert featuring Girl Talk due to the growing popularity of these hip-hop performers. 

On Saturday night, the Pavilion floor was flooded with students and guests who anxiously awaited the Chiddy Bang and Wale performance. 

Chiddy Bang performed their opening set and the crowd went wild for the two hip-hop performers. 

About 45 minutes later, Wale came on stage and performed his songs with a high energy that was felt throughout the Pavilion. 

The concert even featured a guest performance by Meek Mill, a local Philadelphia-based rapper. 

Wale is a rapper based in Washington, D.C. He recently came out with his sophomore album, "Ambition," and he is best known for his songs "Slight Work" and "Lotis Flower Bomb." Wale is also featured on the popular club anthem "No Hands." 

Chiddy Bang is an alternative hip-hop duo featuring Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin. These Drexel graduates came together in 2008 and were most popular for their mix tapes that featured songs such as "The Opposite of Adults." 

This past year, they released their debut studio album, "Breakfast." 

Each year CAT uses student feedback in order to select who will be featured in the concert. 

CAT was also the group that brought popular hip-hop artist Drake to Hoops Mania earlier this year, which was a huge event for the University. 

"Many of the artists suggested by students were not feasible-the Taylor Swifts, the Beyonces, the Jay-Zs-but Wale and Chiddy Bang were also high on that list," said Nikki Hornsberry, assistant director of Student Development. 

Because Wale and Chiddy Bang are both local music groups the planning process was easier than normal.

The planning process for the concert began last April, after the 2011 Spring Concert featuring Girl Talk, when CAT began thinking of ways to improve the concert. 

The true planning, though, began the first week of August 2011. CAT sent out a survey to all students that asked who they would like to see perform. 

"The CAT team organizes student events planned by the students," Hornsberry said. 

In deciding who to feature in the concert, a lot of factors come into play. 

"Budget is the number one issue when planning a concert" Hornsberry said. "We have not received an increase in budget in five years."

CAT's budget makes it difficult to book high-priced artists. Once CAT makes a decision on who they would like to invite to play at the University, they contact the artist's agent. 

"Then there is a bit of money charades," Hornsberry said. 

Planning the date and making sure the artist and the Pavilion itself are available are also very important factors that must go into the planning of such a large concert.

Attendance at the concerts must be high if the event is to continue in the future. 

"If you don't attend the concert then you're hurting next year's concert," Hornsberry said. Tickets were sold to students, faculty and guests via VillanovaTix.

"Villanova needs friends to show up to concerts to buy tickets," Hornsberry said. One complicating issue is that other local universities hold their spring concerts around the same time, which causes competition between the schools for ticket sales. 

The concert went off without a hitch this year, and it was a success for CAT and all involved. CAT put in a lot of time and effort to produce a concert that students and guests of the University would enjoy,  and they hope to be able to continue this tradition.

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