Vanderbilt Programming Board’s Music Group is back at it again to start off Homecoming week right with our 17th annual Homecoming concert, aptly named Commodore Quake. This is just the first of two major concerts Music Group organizes for the student body, with the second coming next semester, Rites of Spring. In years past, we’ve had some wildly popular artists grace our Memorial Gymnasium stage such as Big Sean, Ludacris, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and most recently MIGO$ and SZA. Our Music Group is back this year with a line up that’s sure not to disappoint.
This year, Music Group is throwing it back to our childhood with iconic hip-hop artist T-Pain being supported by Atlanta native, Lil Baby. T-Pain is a household name in the hip hop industry, with two Grammy trophies and over 60 songs in his repertoire, he has solidified himself as a trailblazer in rapping, producing and of course, autotune. With decades of hits like “Buy U a Drank”, “Bartender”, “Can’t Believe It” and “I’m In Luv (Wit a Stripper),” we’re all sure to know all the words to most, if not all, of his songs. After an almost two-year hiatus in music to focus on himself, he came back in 2013 ready to reclaim his throne in the Top 10 charts. The Tallahassee rapper will certainly be a fan favorite at this year’s concert.
Accompanying him this year is 23-year-old Atlanta native, Lil Baby. He’s known as Atlanta’s “Rookie of the Year,” but if you ask him, it’s all in God’s Plan. In May 2018, he released his debut album “Harder Than Ever” with Quality Control Music, home to our friends MIGO$ and Lil Yachty. In 2017 alone, he released four mixtapes and two smash hits, “My Dawg” and “Freestyle” with a combined 300 million streams and his album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Both of these artists will be delivering us their signature styles of infectious melodies and refined production for a show that’s sure to please every music lover.
So, what goes into creating such a lineup for a beloved concert such as Quake? We decided to ask senior Sarah Tesfaye, who is a returning member of Music Group. When asked about the selection process for artists, she referred to a survey Music Group puts out every fall to gauge the artists and genres that students are interested in. This survey combined with a looking at overall trends in the music industry help them decide if an artist will be a good fit for such a musically diverse student body. I asked Sarah what she hopes the board will look like as she leaves the group after this year and she simply hopes “Music Group continues to be a diverse group of people who are passionate about bringing great artists to Vanderbilt.” As for goals of the student-run committee this year, it’s all about you guys.
“This year, we're looking forward to putting on fun shows that the entire student body can enjoy. Quake and Rites of Spring are important Vanderbilt traditions so we’re focusing on putting on the best events possible.”
Music Group has worked hard to put on a great concert for not only the students at Vanderbilt but also the Nashville community, as the concert will be open to the general public. Tickets will be on sale from now until the week of October 4th when the ticket prices will increase. As a student, you can get your ticket from Sarratt Box Office for $15 or at ticketmaster.com. See you Thursday, October 11th at 8pm in Memorial!