University negotiating with Sir Mix a Lot for spring concert
Booties and butts will be the theme at the spring concert being hosted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Bubba Sparxxx has been signed as the opening act for the concert, which is set for April 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Massari Arena. Rap entertainer Sir Mix a Lot is still in negotiations with CSU-Pueblo.
According to a Florida State University news article, Bubba Sparxxx is a Southern hip hop artist known for his hit song “Ms. New Booty,” featuring the Ying Yang Twins. Sir Mix a Lot is a hip hop and rap artist most known for his song “Baby got Back,” according to his official website.
The Old School Booty Tour includes songs from both artists containing lyrics about “booties or butts,” said Patty Witkowsky, director of Student Engagement and Leadership.
Student bands are welcome to audition as openers as long as they have performed in CSU-Pueblo’s Got Talent shows, according to Witkowsky.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale sometime at the beginning of February through online vendors. Tickets will also be available at CSU-Pueblo in the SEAL office and at tables in various locations around campus.
Student tickets can be purchased at a pre-sale for $5 and at the door for $10. For community members, tickets at the pre-sale are $10 and $15 at the door, according to Witkowsky.
The concert will be funded by student fees taken from the major events budget section of the Student Fees fund, according to Gena Alfonso, assistant in the Division of Student Life. The revenue made from the concert will go back into at budget, Witkowsky said.
Although the possibility of alcohol was initially discussed in the Spring Concert Meeting, it is unlikely that will be served at the concert.
Witkowsky said if alcohol were to be served there would be a “beer garden” where consumers would be required to remain while drinking.
Security will be provided by the CSU-Pueblo Sheriff’s Office and by a private company. The number of security officers will be determined based on the type of event, venue and size, according to Witkowsky.
Although alcohol is unlikely to be served at the concert, there are other concerns about minors attending the event. Witkowsky said all advertisements of the concert would feature an explicit language warning.
Advertisements for the concert will be sent to newspapers, high schools, community colleges, social media outlets and radio stations, such as CSU-Pueblo’s REV 89.5 and Magic 98.9. Buildings around campus will feature banners promoting the concert.
REV will be giving away 30 concert tickets, while Magic will be giving away 20, according to Witkowsky.
CSU-Pueblo has hosted or co-hosted concerts dating back to the early 1980s. In the last seven years there have been five concerts featuring artists such as Gym Class Heroes, 3OH!3, Ludacris, The Used and Kanye West.
According to Witkowsky, students have been requesting for an event such as this on campus for many years.
“The concert will provide a social atmosphere for students to enjoy music together and share in an awesome college experience,” Witkowsky said.