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A Look at Spring Weekend

Glenn Rohrbacker

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Last week, SCOPE revealed the artists for this year’s Spring Weekend Concert. Opening the show will be pop-electro group, Pros & iCons. Second will be YouTube singing sensation Todrick Hall. And finally, to headline the show, Andy Grammer. The concert will take place on Friday, April 29 as the first day of UNH’s Spring Weekend festivities.
Pros and iCons is made up of Joseph Mastando, Lenny Morales, Nicholas Vaude, Tyler O’Leary, and Nick Cardona. The group formed in New York City a couple years ago, and has since performed with Meghan Trainor, Rita Ora, Jessie J, MKTO, Keisza, Before You Exit, Rixton, Shawn Mendes, Charlie XCX, Aaron Carter, and more. In December 2014, they were crowned Z100’s Hometown Heroes and played at the Z100 Jingle Ball that year. The band has collected fans from around the world, as well as here at home. Their website describes them as this: “Pros & iCon’s music will blend the pros and cons of life into an emotionally driven roller coaster with us—the musicians, the artists, the iCons—as the vessel.” Their single “Days of September” has been their most popular to date and that song along with the rest of their EP iConography would be a good way to prepare for the concert.

Andy Grammer during his perfromance at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting  (AP photo)

Andy Grammer during his perfromance at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting
(AP photo)

Todrick Hall has revolutionized the way musicians perform covers on YouTube. His mash-ups and acappella covers have turned many fans his way. He has garnered over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and has collaborated with artists like Pentatonix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Siri. He’s also done videos for Ariana Grande and Beyoncé. His biggest exposure came when he made to the semifinals of Season Nine of American Idol. Since then, he has gained millions more followers and made a name for himself in the music industry. Also, MTV gave him a TV show. Todrick premiered in 2015 and consisted of a camera crew following him around. You can check out his many videos, including his “4” series of mash-ups and all of the other creative covers and renditions he has created over the years.

Andy Grammer gained national attention with his first hit – “Keep Your Head Up.” He has often emphasized how much his life has changed since then. It’s been featured in movies like Pitch Perfect and the music video stars Rainn Wilson (Dwight Shrute). Grammer grew up in upstate New York, after being born in Los Angeles. He then moved back mid-college to pursue music. He busked on the streets of Santa Monica until being discovered by his manager in 2010. Since then, he has released two full-length albums and an EP. His latest album, Magazines and Novels, has gained national attention since the second single off of the album, “Honey, I’m Good,” went viral in summer of 2015. He was then a contestant on the fall season of Dancing with the Stars, where he finished in seventh place with partner Allison Holker. On his influences, he said, “I have three different places that I draw inspiration from. There’s the guitar guys like Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson; piano influences like Coldplay, The Fray and OneRepublic. And then I really love how hip-hop creates complexity in words. I love Common, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Kanye West. I try to make a smorgasbord of the three.” You can prepare for seeing Andy by listening to his latest album, Magazines or Novels, as well as his first album, Andy Grammer.

Glenn Rohrbacker, Editor-in-Chief

Glenn Rohrbacker is a junior at the University of New Haven studying communications with a concentration in journalism and minors in Political Science...

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