MIGOS CONCERT THRILLS GSU STUDENTS, ATTRACTS STUDENTS FROM ELSEWHERE

Highly anticipated concert excites Grambling State, other students

By SARAH-RENEE GARNER
GSU Media Bureau

Migos is scheduled to perform Thursday at the Fredrick D. Hobdy Assembly Center

Migos is scheduled to perform Thursday at the Fredrick D. Hobdy Assembly Center.

After months of anticipation, Grambling State University students found out a few days ago one of the nation’s most popular singing rap groups would be performing at their school  — and soon college students across the nation found out, too.

GSU students are excited that Migos is scheduled to perform Thursday at the Fredrick D. Hobdy Assembly Center, and it seems students from other parts of Louisiana – and other states — are planning to attend the 7 p.m. show.

Migos concert tickets can run $60 to $100 and more, so the $35 GSU ticket price is cheap, making a trip to Grambling worth the money and time. GSU annually has spring concerts with big name acts, but no recent performances have attracted this kind of attention.

Dillard University student Margeret Acuaye plans to be there, coming in from New Orleans. Melanie Graves is traveling to Louisiana from the University of Missouri.

“Migos is one of the hottest rap acts touring, and we expect a large crowd,” said David “Rusty” Ponton, interim vice president for student affairs. “However, the response has been unbelievable. We issued almost one thousand tickets the first day…. All of this commotion for Migos.”

Ponton and the Favrot Student Union Board worked hard to secure the Migos’ performance, delaying an announcement about Tiger Fest week events until late last week when the agreement with the group was official.

Migos, a group of three young men — Quavo, Offset and Takeoff – have an adoring, demanding audience of fans. The group has been mainstream since 2009, gaining popularity each year. One of the first songs that put them on the map was “Versace,” a 2013 song they did with Drake. More recently, they became more universally known with “Bad and Boujee,” they popularized the dab and just this week they recorded a television segment with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” They got a shout out from actor Donald Glover when he accepted a Golden Globe award.

Missouri’s Graves, 18, from Houston, Texas, is traveling Thursday to GSU solely because she wants to see Migos. “When my friend called me and told me that Migos was coming to perform at her school and that the tickets were so cheap, I knew right then and there that I would have to go,” she said.

Acuaye, 19, from Dallas, Texas, said she and a friend have tried to see Migos without success, until now. “My best friend and I have been dying to see Migos,” she said. “Each time we try and see Migos, it never works out, and now it has finally worked out.”

Expecting a larger than normal turnout, Ponton said the university has safety in mind, so additional police officers will be added to enhance security and GSU students are being asked to walk to Hobdy to alleviate parking and traffic congestion. “Parking will be handled just like a home football game, but there will not be pre-assigned parking spots,” said Ponton. “It will be first come, first served.”

Ponton, who has worked at Grambling State for nearly 30 years, said he has seen a lot of concerts. Comparing the response to previous GSU concerts, he said, “This could be one of the biggest.”

Tickets are being sold on the second floor of the Favrot Student Union on the GSU campus.

 

Migos, a group of three young men -- Quavo, Offset and Takeoff

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