You don’t have to be a college student to take advantage of the up-and-coming artists who build their concert tours around college towns and their built-in music savvy audiences.
Last year, SCOPE Productions at the University of Iowa brought Mike Posner, Bomba Estero, Janelle Monae & Fun, Survivor, All Time Low, Ra Ra Riot and Mates of State, John Oliver, Kids These Days, The Avett Brothers, Sleigh Bells, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals to campus.
We don’t need to tell you that many artists on that list topping the charts and providing a sound track to the summer.
Another Iowa City-based group, Live Weekend, also continues to bring emerging artists to Eastern Iowa. Among those are Wiz Khalifa, Mike Posner, Big Sean and most recently J. Cole.
So as college campuses gear up for another year of studying and tests, student organizations also are busily booking up their entertainment calendars. And there are already a few events to tell you about:
The Macadelic Tour Featuring Mac Miller, Travis Porter and YG
In a blossoming hip-hop hotbed of talent, Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick is next up. A recent graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Mac caught the eyes and ears of Rostrum Records, inking a deal in July 2010. A multitalented musician who can play numerous instruments and a young novice of the freestyle/cipher/battle circuit of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mac has been paving his way to superstardom in his blue-collar hometown for years.
Before the concert, Heart of a Student will host a daytime core conference at the University of Northern Iowa for 1,500 Iowa high school juniors and seniors as an outreach effort to increase college awareness and readiness among college-bound low-income, first generation and minority students. Professionals from the music, television and higher education industries will collaborate on topics ranging from registering for college to financial aid, scholarship applications and budgeting time and money.
Blending hip-hop, rock, freestyle rap, electronic, and dub-step into a one-of-a-kind sound cocktail, critically proclaimed “musical masterminds” Timeflies’ genre-transcending attitude is a love letter to radio-ready ear candy, both classic and contemporary. East Coasters Cal and Rez were merely college pals drawn together by a shared love of music when the duo’s savvy usage of social media like Twitter and YouTube spread their beat-soaked, party-perfect tracks like wildfire; their “Timeflies Tuesdays,” debuting a new video online every week, have left their exploding fan base hungry for more. The pair’s newest , “Under the Influence,” features the instant hits “We Found Love” and “Someone Like You,” modern pop classics rethought with a ferociously fun finesse.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the best-selling author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of personal essays, “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” and “When You are Engulfed in Flames.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” was published in September 2010. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written multiple plays that have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include “Stump the Host,” “One Woman Shoe,” “Incident at Cobbler’s Knob,” and “The Book of Liz.” Sedaris’s original radio pieces can be heard on This American Life on public radio. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His most recent live album is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009).