Spring Concert preview: What to expect

Ashley Winward

It’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for: the “last hurrah” before finals is upon us. That’s right, Spring Weekend is finally here!

SCOPE really outdid themselves this year with a star-studded weekend planned. Full House’s Dave Coulier kicks off the weekend on Friday as our comedian, then on Saturday enjoy the food and festivities of the carnival before heading into Charger Gymnasium if you were lucky enough to get one of the coveted 1500 tickets to go see T-Pain, Third Eye Blind and DJ Tommy Carlucci. Before you head inside, why don’t I help remind you a little bit about these artists.

First on the bill may not be a familiar name to you but he is a familiar face in the UNH community. You might have caught DJ Tommy Carlucci last year performing with Jonny Empire during the Spring Carnival or perhaps DJing the ladies of Delta Phi Epsilon’s recent Pearl Ball. He’ll be helping keep you get excited and moving in between acts as well as throwing down his own set. He really got the crowd going last year at Spring Carnival and I bet he’ll be bringing it just as hard now that he’s gotten bumped up to the main stage.

Next was what I believed to be the curveball of this announcement: T-Pain. Known by his friends as Faheem Rashad Najm, T-Pain seemingly took over the hip hop scene in the 2000s. With hits like “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv (Wit a Stripper)” it seemed like he became a household name overnight. He became the CEO of his own label, Nappy Boy Records, in 2005, with talent such as himself, Young Cash, Travie McCoy and Field Mob, just to name a few. He currently is out touring on his Greatest Hits album, Happy Hour, and if you check out his website (www.t-pain.net), there are even different flavored shots to complement each song. There is also much anticipation for his new album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, that has been in the works for about two years. Fans can probably expect a blend of new and old from the auto-tuned Thr33 Ringz leader when he hits New Haven on Saturday.

Then you’re in for a treat: straight from my childhood and onto the stage with be none other than San Fransisco’s own Third Eye Blind. Most of you will probably know them from their debut self-titled album and hits like “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s It Going to Be.” While the lineup has done a number of shifts and trade outs over the years, Stephan Jenkins remaining on vocals is what will really bring me back. While an odd match to be paired with T-Pain, the pure nostalgia factor in this act will be what takes the roof off the place. Third Eye Blind is a bit of a slower mellow mood for a Spring Weekend show but I’ve heard more buzz around campus for them than T-Pain from my observations, so there won’t be a lack of energy as they take the stage.

I would definitely like to applaud SCOPE for such a big lineup for Spring Weekend. It takes a lot of hard work to do what they do and it shows in their turn out and participants excitement. Have a happy and fun Spring Weekend!