T-Pain journeys to Flowers Hall

Despite homework and exams, many students will take a night off March 15 to attend the Spring Concert.

The headliner for the Spring Concert is hip-hop artist T-Pain. Most people know him for songs such as “Buy you a Drink,” “Bartender” and “I’m in Love with a Stripper.”

The concert will be at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. in Flowers Hall. Tickets are free to students and $40 for the public. Students can pick up tickets in the Student Engagement Center. All tickets are general admission.

With so many options to choose from, Live Acts Chairman Brittany Knight said it was difficult to decide on a headliner.

“Our Live Acts committee spent a lot of time debating on who the students wanted to see this year for Spring Concert,” Knight said. “Between the (vastly) different genres that are spread out across our campus, it’s almost impossible to pinpoint an artist that will reach students across the whole spectrum.”

Knight said one of the committee’s goals was to find a headliner who would put on a great live show.

“We spent countless hours reviewing live performances of artists that we were considering, which is how we came to T-Pain,” Knight said. “T-Pain is not only a world renowned artist known for popularizing the use of auto tune, but he’s a class act with a great voice and a large category of popular songs.”

Junior Evie Liles said she was excited when she found out T-Pain was coming to UNA because his music reminds her of childhood.

“I listened to him when I was 11 (years old), so it will be really cool to listen to him 10 years later,” Liles said.

Liles said even though T-Pain was more active in his earlier years as a musician, he still has a lot to offer listeners because of his ability to appeal to various generations.

“I remember my fifth grade teacher’s favorite song was ‘Low,’ which has T-Pain and Flo Rida in it,” Liles said. “It’s crazy that I still listen to him.”

Knight said she hopes T-Pain will appeal to a variety of people because of his varying style of music as he progressed as an artist.

Freshman Nick Carney said he did not expect to see T-Pain as the headliner for the Spring Concert because he has not been as active in recent years.

“Before I saw him on ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,’ I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard a song of his or saw him on the news,” Carney said. “He hasn’t had a hit song in a while. It will be interesting to see how the concert goes.”

The opening act will be A1, a rapper and producer from Kansas City, Missouri.

A1 is best known for songs like “Be the First to Believe,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You Again” and “In Love and I Hate It.”

He has also collaborated with multiple artists, such as R&B artist Chris Brown on songs like “Party,” “Confidence” and “Roses.”

Knight said she is proud of the decision her committee made.

“We hope to see a wide range of students coming to Spring Concert this year,” Knight said. “The feedback we’re getting so far has been fantastic, and we’re stoked to host a great show.”