Grammy-nominated KiD CuDi to perform
Published: Monday, March 15, 2010
Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010 23:03
Cleveland hip-hop star KiD CuDi will be entertaining a Miami University audience Tuesday, March 30.
The concert, organized by Miami's Campus Activities Council (CAC) and the Miami University Performing Arts Series, will take place in Millett Hall.
Tom Hoffman, concert board co-chair of the CAC, said CuDi is one of the biggest names to come to Miami in recent years.
Hoffman said the Concert Board's decision to attempt to bring the star to Miami was made after consulting a number of surveys, and doing research on what artists students wanted to see.
Interest in a KiD CuDi performance, he said, was consistently strong.
"There was even a Facebook group called "Would you attend a Kid Cudi concert at Miami University," he said. "It had more than 1,000 members."
Hoffman said bringing a performer as popular as KiD CuDi to Miami was not easy, and even took a little luck to work out.
"Basically, I knew a guy who knew a guy who got us in touch with CuDi," he said. "Luckily for us, having a performance worked out for his routing, so they could do it here."
The reaction among the Miami student body, according to Hoffman, has been overwhelmingly positive. "I think we've done a good job advertising the fact that KiD CuDi is coming here," he said. "I've definitely gotten some pats on the back now that people know."
Junior Vince Mandes said he was "shocked" the CAC was able to convince such a famous performer to come to Miami.
"I'm really excited he's coming," Mandes said. "It should be a really good concert."
Hoffman said once the contract for the performance was finalized, a Facebook.com event titled "KiD CuDi at Miami!!" was created.
Hoffman said the event was created on Friday, Feb. 26, and by the following Monday there were over 4,000 confirmed guests.
"That's a pretty good sign that the students here are excited," he said.
According to Senior Kyle Baldwin, news of the KiD CuDi performance has already spread beyond the Miami campus.
"I've already had a couple of friends from my hometown who go to OU (Ohio University) talk to me about it, seeing if they can get tickets," Baldwin said.
As of March 15, the "KiD CuDi at Miami!!" Facebook event has 4,951 confirmed guests.
There are a total of 5,420 seats and not all spots have been filled. Tickets are still available for public sale and can be purchased up until Tuesday, March 30 at the Shriver Box Office.