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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Upcoming concert to feature Kendrick Lamar and DJ Steve Aoki
By Carin Inglis, media relations intern

Steve Aoki (left) and Kendrick Lamar will perform at OU on Friday, April 12.
In the tradition of nabbing up-and-coming artists, the Student Program Board of Oakland University will present the Verge Campus Tour, sponsored by Karmaloop clothing company, with lyrical genius Kendrick Lamar and world-renowned DJ Steve Aoki. 

The show will open with an eclectic blend of techno, pop and funk music from the bands Bad Rabbits and 5 & a Dime.

Compton-born artist Lamar has been recognized for his most recent album titled “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” which includes his top hit “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Lamar, who has been compared to legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, was named Lyricist of the Year this fall at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Multi-talented DJ and record producer Steve Aoki has remixed songs from artists such as Drake, Kid Cudi, The Killers and Jackson 5. His remix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” was featured in the 2012 film “Project X.” Aoki also formed his own label, Dim Mak records, in 1996 and has released music by other electro-house artists such as Datsik and Dada Life.

This year the Student Program Board released a survey to students to give them an opportunity to vote for their favorite artist. 

“From the feedback we got, I think this mix of rap and EDM will be something that will appeal to a majority of people,” said Nick McCormick, executive director for SPB. “We’re really hoping to have another sold-out concert like we did with Drake in 2010.”

Doors will open at 5:30 and the show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Meadow Brook Music Festival, located on Oakland's campus. 

Tickets for OU students are now on sale at the Center for Student Activities service window located in the lower level of the Oakland Center. Tickets for the public will be available starting Monday, Feb. 18, both at the CSA window and online at ticketmaster.com

Student tickets will cost $10 for lawn general admission seating, $15 for pavilion and $25 for pit tickets. Tickets for the public will cost $20 for lawn general admission seating and $25 for pavilion. 

All OU students must present a valid ID when purchasing a ticket. Students may purchase tickets for other students as long as the other student’s ID is available also. Since pavilion tickets will be sold with assigned seat numbers, students are advised to purchase tickets all at once with their friends and family. 

For additional information, contact the CSA service window at (248) 370-4407, or visit the Student Program Board Facebook page.

Students are also encouraged to follow the Student Program Board on Twitter at @OUSPB and on Instagram at @spbou for updates on ticket sales, events and opportunities to win free concert tickets.