Steve Aoki to headline Tigerfest
Electronic dance musician Steve Aoki will headline Tigerfest, according to an announcement made by the Campus Activities Board [CAB] Friday.
“Steve Aoki is more like electronic, house, EDM stuff and that’s kind of a different scene that you have seen come up on campus,” Chad Nazworth, director of CAB, said.
Steve Aoki is a Grammy-nominated producer known for songs “Boneless” with Chris Lake and Tujamo and “Turbulence” with Lil Jon. Supporting Steve Aoki will be rapper Juicy J, who recently collaborated with Katy Perry in her song “Dark Horse.”
“People like [EDM] and it’s something we wanted to be able to offer on-campus, so pairing Steve Aoki and that genre with more the more consistent rap that people look for really helped us expand and reach as many people as we can,” Nazworth said.
CAB chose Steve Aoki and Juicy J based on a survey that was taken in the fall that received about 2,600 responses, Nazworth said. After compiling the results, CAB narrowed down prospective artists to those within its price range.
“The next piece [is] are they taking college dates right now, are they touring around our area, do they have an availability on our date? Those are the primary things that we kind of go through to pick these artists,” Nazworth said.
Sophomore Joe Novoa said that he is happy with CAB’s choice of artists.
“He’s like ‘now’,” Novoa said. “I love house music. He’s with the times and perfect for college.”
This year’s Tigerfest will take place over two days, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. The first day will consist of a free event on Burdick Field starting at 5:30 p.m. and including performances by musical acts Go Go Gadjet, Kingsfoil and Bring the Noise winners K.O. and The Vens. It will also include games, inflated, food and vendors.
The second day will include the headlining concert by Steve Aoki and Juicy J in SECU Arena with doors at 6 p.m..
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at the Union Box Office and will be $20 for floor sears and $15 for riser seats for students.
“Students should come because it’s Tigerfest,” Nazworth said. “Steve Aoki is famous for crowd work and famous for the things he does with the audience and getting involved with that crowd, as well as the lights and the experience that goes along with it…It’s just having that school experience of Tigerfest. This is Towson pride.”