The Activities Program Board (APB) will bring the “Xperience” of Bazzi and Bryce Vine to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.
When APB initially announced its plans in the latter half of the fall semester and started advertising the event as “The Concert Xperience, Powered by APB,” it kept who would be performing at the monumental event a closely-guarded secret for most of the semester to build interest.
The doors open at 6 p.m., and Bryce Vine will begin the show at 7 p.m. Tickets for the general public cost $35, and Shippensburg University students with a student I.D. can purchase theirs for $15.
Bazzi, whose hit song “Mine” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 last April, is an increasingly popular name in the worlds of pop and R&B music.
He has been nominated for several prestigious awards, such as Best New Artist at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Meanwhile, Vine is an up-and-coming name himself. The rapper snagged the No. 16 spot on the Billboard Pop Songs chart for his single “Drew Barrymore.” A third, unnamed artist is also set to appear.
According to APB concert coordinator Chase Fisher, the setting of the venue will help contribute to concert-goers’ overall experience.
“We’re trying to have other things incorporated within the Luhrs Center,” Fisher said.
Luhrs will be transformed in a way that will make the center look completely different, Fisher said.
Student feedback led APB to settle on Bazzi and Vine.
“Every year we send out a survey. It has everything on there from concert questions to paint night and bingo, questions like ‘Hey, what do you want to see? What do you want to do?’” Fisher said.
“We have genres on there, and the one that was voted the most was pop and hip hop.”
“He [Bazzi] has one album out right now as well as some other little singles, but he pretty much debuted in 2018. From there he’s just expected to go bigger,” Fisher said.
“That’s where we get him this year, but next year could be a whole different story.”
In the years prior, APB concerts were usually held in Heiges Field House.
Although the concert will be at a smaller venue, the change serves as a cost effective one.
“Some of the pros to going over there is it has a state-of-the-art facility with a stage that’s already built, as well as some other components that go into making a concert happen,” Fisher said.
He described it as much easier to use an existing concert hall as opposed to transforming a gym into a stage.
A marketing major, Fisher made sure APB heavily pushed marketing and advertising for the event on campus.
Making sure Shippensburg students get a good price on tickets and know about the event was a top priority.
“That’s what we try to do — is really cater to the college students because it’s their student fees and funds that go into [the event],” he said.
The concert is just around the corner, and with it, Bazzi and Bryce Vine will be the latest names added on the ever-growing list of famous artists who have performed at SU.
Tickets will be on sale until Saturday at luhrscenter.com.