October 29, 2010

Big Boi to play MAB's Fall Show

Hip-hop artists Big Boi and Kid Sister will perform at Mandel Hall on November 13, the Major Activities Board (MAB) announced Tuesday.

“I think MAB puts on a quality show every time, but this year it will be different because we have two artists that are well-known,” fourth-year and MAB Chairperson Marie Joh said. “It reaches out to a larger group of people.”

Big Boi is best known for his collaboration with André 3000 in the hip-hop duo OutKast and released his first solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, to critical acclaim this summer.

Chicago rapper Kid Sister gained popularity in 2008 when she released the single “Pro Nails” featuring Kanye West.

MAB picked two “danceable” musicians after the success of last year’s Fall concert featuring the mashup artist Girl Talk. Students liked “being able to let loose and dance in Mandel Hall last year,” Joh said.

Changes to the format will make it easier for students to get tickets.

“For Girl Talk, we sold out in two and a half days,” said Joh, adding that MAB had reserved tabling at the Reynolds Club five hours a day for two weeks last year. Joh said MAB will only sell two tickets per UCID presented, as opposed to last year’s four, in order to allow more students to buy tickets.

Tickets will still be sold in the Reynolds Club this year starting Monday, $10 for students and $15 for faculty. After issues at last year’s Summer Breeze with uBazaar, a Student Government website designed for selling tickets and RSO merchandise, MAB decided to only sell tickets in person.

Because of the timing of the concert, a lot of artists MAB contacted couldn’t make it to campus, Joh said. There was one opening in Big Boi’s schedule that happened to align with one of the possible concert dates.

“It was kind of rough,” said Joh, who couldn’t mention other artists MAB was pursuing because they’re still deciding the Summer Breeze lineup. “But we’re really, really happy to have Big Boi because I didn’t think he would be feasible because he had a pretty full schedule.”

Due to Mandel Hall’s built-in seating, there will be room for only 1000 students, but the front section near the stage will hold 200 to 300 people standing.