Fall Concert 2014: Rapping, Singing, Twerking, etc.

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Most Bucknell students are used to artists backing out of shows at the last second, but as a sophomore, the experience was new to me. I woke up at 8 AM to a text from the Editor-in-Chief of The Bucknellian telling me we’d be breaking that Chance the Rapper canceled on us and that Schoolboy Q would be performing instead. Although the sting of Chance canceling was still fresh, I attended the concert the next day, and I was amazed at how gracefully the Concert Committee pulled off helping me overcome my post-Chance bailing depression. I genuinely believe they deserve pretty substantial praise for muscling through their worst-case scenario, so here’s a well-deserved congratulations. The night started off with CVBU’s very own journalist, Elias Strizower, or Elias Chonchon’s set. Elias proved to be a crowd favorite throughout the set, as those who came early to stake out good spots danced and sang along to his signature EDM beats.

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Schoolboy Q took center stage next, greeting the crowd of bucket hat-clad fans and opening with “Hands On The Wheel”. Early on in his set, Schoolboy took a break from rapping to express his gratitude towards Bucknell and the Concert Committee for having him out, confessing that he was contacted just a few hours before he was set to hop on a flight and leave the East Coast. He also shared that he would be ringing in his birthday, which was the following day, by performing at Bucknell. The crowd immediately broke out into one cohesive cheer, which continued strong until the moment he brought up Chance, at which point the crowd erupted in boos before reverting back to chanting “Schoolboy” soon after. With the crowd fully backing him, Schoolboy Q went through a selection of his songs, playing both popular tracks and oldies he claimed went out to his dedicated fans that followed him from the get-go. Schoolboy drew his highly dynamic set to a close with a cover of Kendrick’s “M.a.a.d City” and his popular hit “Man of the Year”.

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Jason Derulo quickly set the tone for his own set with an introduction that involved a random assortment of songs ranging rom Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” to Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue”. The music cut abruptly as the curtain dropped and exposed a swarm of supporting dancers in police uniforms running around stage while other individuals “spray painted” Derulo’s name on an interactive LCD screen. When all of the madness slowed down, Jason Derulo came on stage and opened his set with “In My Head”. The set continued with a multiplicity of Jason Derulo hits and several dance breaks. Jason halted the flow of the set during “Ridin Solo”, however, to explain the story behind the song and express his belief that it is important to be independent and love yourself. After his extremely toned down version of a Kanye-esque rant was complete, he screamed, “Put your ones up!” and continued with the song. While the vast majority of the set continued to be a mix between singing and dancing, Derulo threw a few curve balls at the crowd throughout. At one point, he and his stage crew decided to get their daily workout in by doing flips and other acrobatics using the bar that was assembled in the center of the stage, and pushups with crowd members on their backs. Although I was generally confused, the crowd seemed pumped. The set also included a mini solo set by DJ Papo, Jason Derulo’s DJ, a performance by Fresh, a lesser-known artist that Derulo claimed is the next big thing, and a “Twerkathon” that saw several audience members competing to see who could twerk the best (Congrats, Serenity). Derulo then performed several covers before closing out his set with crowd favorites “Talk Dirty”, “Wiggle”, and “Trumpets”.

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I would be lying if I said I am a Jason Derulo fan or if I told you that Jason Derulo played even the slightest role in me buying a ticket (thanks again, Chance)… but incredible music from both Elias and Schoolboy Q, as well as an extremely entertaining headliner set, offered something for everyone. Whether you were an EDM, rap, or pop fan in that crowd, the Fall Concert gave you something to appreciate. If not, at least you got the chance to hear Jason Derulo sing his own name live.

Photography credit to Alec Rogers