Macklemore For Modstock
Spring Concert Cancelled, UGBC Announces That "Thrift Shop" Sensation Will Headline Show In May
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 01:02
“I’m pumped,” Osnato said. “Pumped for Macklemore, pumped for the show he and Ryan Lewis will put on, and pumped to offer it to students for free. It’s going to be awesome. Mark your calendars now.”
Macklemore will be performing at Modstock with Ryan Lewis, a music producer, musician, and DJ. The two artists recently released their debut studio album The Heist, which charted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold 78,000 copies in the first week. Macklemore’s music video for “Thrift Shop” has been viewed on YouTube more than 110 million times, and reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Macklemore will be touring at numerous colleges this spring, including a performance at MIT on April 26, a week before Modstock. The MIT concert will be a ticketed and paid event.
Modstock will likely see larger crowds than in recent years and Campus Entertainment is preparing for the event, the co-directors said.
“The most comparable artist to Macklemore is Sugar Ray,” Cavoto said. “We had several thousand people there and it was really fun. They are similar in the sense that they’re both really good performers, they interact with the audience a lot. So, there are obviously special precautions that need to be taken to make sure the students and artist are safe. We have been in contact with external security … We really don’t want to see any students climbing the barricades.”
Cavoto and Rimm hope that Macklemore and the Modstock concert will be well received by BC students. If the event is successful, Rimm foresees similar plans for the coming years—a paid and ticketed Fall Concert and a free, larger-scale Modstock.
“We really wanted to make sure that this is something that people will remember,” Rimm said. “You’ve had people talk about the Spring Concert in the past but no one really has gotten that excited for it, and not a lot of people get that excited for Modstock. We want people to be looking forward to the show and we want to make sure we’re using students’ money in the best way possible. Why should students be paying for student activities fees and have to buy tickets on top of that? It might be worth it for one show a year, but if we can give students this entertainment for free, why not do it?”