Concert promises diverse performances

FAMU’s Homecoming is always something to look forward to. Alumni from everywhere return to visit the “old” campus. Many also come for the events.

This year’s concert will feature R&B artists Jaheim and Truth Hurts. Rappers Turk, Lil Wayne and BG, and the Youngbloodz will also perform.

The opening acts are local rappers Nappy Heads and Deuce 11.

“This is my first homecoming so I am very excited and anxious to see what FAMU will look like homecoming week,” said Apryl Murray, a freshman sociology student from Jacksonville.

“I am especially ready to go to the concert,” Murray said.

Over the years FAMU has featured a variety of artists at its homecoming concert. Last year seemed to be for the ladies with male R&B artists Tank, Jagged Edge and Ginuwine crooning.

The opening acts were local rappers Mr. Kingz, the Get Crunk All-Stars and Nappy Heads.

This year, the artists should have a more diverse appeal. There will be a mixture of R&B and rap. Jaheim has a rugged, yet smooth voice (many compare him to Teddy Pendergrass) in songs such as “Anything.” Truth Hurts, who is also trained in opera, brings a hypnotic sound, with songs like “Addictive” and her latest single “Truth”

The rappers Turk, BG and Lil Wayne will bring a “blinging” New Orleans performance.

And The Youngbloodz will reenter the limelight with a traditional southern rap performance.

“I am happy that The Youngbloodz are performing for FAMU’s homecoming,” said Michael Stewart, sophomore English student from Atlanta.

“I hope they do that old hit, ‘U-Way.’ That was my jam!”

South Beach Productions, located in St. Petersburg, will promote this year’s concert.

FAMU alumnus and South Beach 0Productions’ vice president Kyle Walter said the company surveyed students to determine what they wanted and who they wanted to see.

“Because we got our bid so late with the school, these artists were the best of what was left,” Walter said.

Although this is the company’s first major concert with FAMU, Walter said he has coordinated step shows, slam dunk contests and other events in the past.

This year, the concert will be taking place at the Leon Civic Center on Friday with doors opening at 7 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m.

Students can purchase tickets daily at the FAMU ticket office on “The Set.” Prices are $5 for FAMU students with I.D. General admission is $16 and they can be purchased at the Civic Center. Ticket prices will increase the day of the show.

For more information call Student Activities at 599-3400.