By Laura Sanicola
In a video release, Campus Activities Board (CAB) has announced that Matt and Kim will be the primary band performing at Spring Weekend.
The indie pop duo from Brooklyn, New York, will perform on Saturday, April 30, on Martyrs Lawn.
Matt and Kim, formed in 2004, includes Matt Johnson on vocals and keyboard, and Kim Schifino on drums and vocals. The group is currently on an international tour, but plans to play at upcoming music festivals, including Coachella in Indio, California and The Governors Ball in New York City.
You can watch the music video for their song “Daylight” here.
The Spring Weekend lineup includes Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, scheduled to give a lecture on Thursday, April 28, DJ Sliink, slated to play a set in the Lombardi Center on April 29, and Saturday Night Live comedian Aidy Bryant, who will perform on May 1 at the Leonard Theatre at Fordham Preparatory School.
Bryant is known for performing impressions of celebrities such as Adele, Candy Crowley and Kim Davis on SNL. A video of her on SNL can be found here.
Shawn Johnson, a 24-year-old retired American gymnast, was the 2008 balance beam gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics, where she also won three silver medals. She was also crowned champion of popular ballroom dance television show “Dancing With the Stars” during its eighth season. A video of her gymnastics floor exercise at the 2008 Visa championships can be found here.
Earlier this week, the Residence Hall Association has announced that this year’s theme for the Under the Tent dance, scheduled for Saturday evening, will be “Caught in the Cosmos.”
Students are encouraged to wear semi-formal dress, says RHA, and silhouettes and cutouts in whites, blues, purples, metallics and gray colors are suggested.
This is the third year in a row that CAB has chosen an indie band as the leading performer for Spring Weekend.
Last year, Twenty-One Pilots performed during the main concert on Saturday. The Suits, a student band, opened the concert after winning a Battle of the Bands contest at Rodrigues Coffee House. In 2014, indie bands Cartel and Cold War Kids performed on Spring Weekend.
The theme for Under the Tent in 2015 was The Last Illusion: An Evening of Magic and Mystery, and Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton was last year’s lecturer. DJ duo Solidisco was the headlining DJ act last year.
Erin Shanahan contributed reporting.