By The Fordham Ram
After a week of teasers in the form of posts and tweets, Campus Activities Board (CAB) has announced that Twenty One Pilots will be the top-billed act for Spring Weekend 2015.
“This year we have @twentyonepilots coming out to perform!!!” CAB posted on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. “Get ready for an AMAZING show next Saturday!!!”
The indie pop duo from Columbus, Ohio will perform on Saturday, April 25, on Martyrs Lawn.
The band, formed in 2009, consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun and is signed to the label Fueled by Ramen. The band is pegged to release their latest album, Blurryface, on May 19.
Twenty One Pilots was the last performer to be announced and they join a lineup which includes Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton, scheduled to give a lecture on Thursday, April 23, DJ duo Solidisco, slated to play a set in A Lot on Friday, April 24, and comedian Jamie Lee, who will perform on Sunday, April 26 at the Leonard Theatre at Fordham Prep.
In addition, the Residence Hall Association has announced that this year’s theme for the Under the Tent dance, scheduled for Saturday evening, will be “The Last Illusion: An Evening of Magic & Mystery.”
Students are encouraged to wear formal dress, says RHA. The poster for the event, illustrated by freshman Aya Nukina, portrays a sophisticated couple dressed in a tuxedo and formal gown traveling up Keating Steps at night.
Last year, Cold War Kids and Cartel performed during the main concert on Saturday. The theme for Under the Tent was Kentucky Derby and Max Joseph, a documentary filmmaker, was last year’s lecturer.
DJ Enferno was the headlining DJ act, with Patrick McCarren, GSB ’14, and Dayne Carter, FCRH ’15, as opening acts.
CAB President Natalie Salerno said CAB has worked hard to make this year’s lineup a good one, and stated that she is “incredibly excited to share all of these events and artists with the campus community.”
The process for filling the performance slots began last June, when CAB Concert Committee Co-chairs Alex Rainone, GSB ‘16 and Matthew Krause, GSB ’17 started to explore possible performers.
“Matt and I put together ‘packets’ that include every song an artist has ever written or performed and highlight any lyrics that may be controversial to the Fordham mission,” Rainone told The Fordham Ram
Rainone said told The Ram that administrators gives them “a lot of autonomy,” but within certain parameters. The campus organization is advised to avoid artists “who are controversial.”
“The ultimate goal, of course, is always to bring artists that students are excited to see,” said Salerno.
“The biggest influence over our options comes from the student survey results,” Rainone told The Ram. “This year, similar to past years, the most popular genre was the alternative genre.”
All of the Spring Weekend events except the Under the Tent dance, which is sponsored by the Residence Halls Association, are free. Tickets for Under the Tent go on sale Wednesday, April 15, and cost $25 each.