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April 17, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 21

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Hip-hop act comes to Trax

Rapper Fabolous is performing at Trax tomorrow, and concert tickets sold out the day they became available. The event was organized by the Student Activities Committee (SAC).
"We sold out within hours for Fabolous," said Kristen Konski, public relations chair of SAC. "The waiting list filled up, and we had to close it. There are over 60 people on the list."
"We expected tickets to sell out, however, we did not expect them to sell out as quickly as they did," junior Kelly Kapla, a member of SAC said. "An SAC event has never sold out as fast as this.
"We gave away over 350 tickets in less than 3 1/2 hours. It's really great; we couldn't be happier," she added.
Konski said that as far back as she can remember, an SAC event has never sold out so quickly. "It took about a week for David Cook to sell," Konski said.
The doors for the event will open at 10 p.m. "He'll be on at 10:30, and he's supposed to wrap up around 11:30," Konski said.
"We're really happy it sold so quickly," Konski added. "We definitely hit a different audience with this one."
Previous concerts that have come to Susquehanna include Jason Mraz, OneRepublic and other more pop rock-oriented acts. "Fabolous is more R&B or hip-hop," Konski said. "This would influence what kind of artist we bring in for fall, based on this turnout. I think he's one of our first hip-hop artists, if not our first."
"Many students, when claiming their David Cook tickets last month, commented that they would be more excited if a rap artist came to campus, not knowing that Fabolous was already scheduled to appear later in the semester," said Kevin Hannahoe, interim assistant director of campus activities. "The excitement over this event is proof that this is the type of event Susquehanna students are excited to see."
Hannahoe added: "Hip-hop artists tend to be the priciest, and often don't come to the central Pennsylvania area, until recently. We work with our agent to identify possible artists within our price range, who are typically travelling through our area, or closeby, during the dates that we have available venues. It's a delicate timeline, no longer than approximately 4 to 6 months because artists don't know their touring schedules much by then."
"We are always looking to bring performances to our school that students want to see," Kapla said. "SAC would love to hear suggestions for future artists or events on our campus. Students can e-mail us at sac@susqu.edu."
Konski said that she also feels that student awareness of SAC has risen due to the event. "People are more aware of us as an organization on campus and what we do," Konski said.
According to his official website at defjam.com, Fabolous--whose real name is John Jackson--released his first album, "Ghetto Fabolous," in 2001. The album went platinum, as did his next effort, 2003's "Street Dreams." His 2004 and 2007 albums, "Real Talk" and "From Nothin' to Somethin'," respectively, went gold.
Fabolous has collaborated with numerous other hip-hop artists, including Akon, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Lil' Wayne and Juelz Santana.
Fabolous's latest album, "Loso's Way," will be released shortly after the concert. The album is partially inspired by the 1993 film "Carlito's Way," according to the site.

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