First Johns Hopkins fall music festival features eclectic lineup

iLoveMakonnen, Robert DeLong, Party Favor, D.R.A.M to perform at Oct. 1 event

Johns Hopkins University students plan to launch a new tradition at Young Alumni Weekend this year.

The HOP—the Homewood campus' student activities board—will host the first Johns Hopkins Annual Music Festival, or JAM 2016, on Oct. 1 in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center.


Image caption: iLoveMakonnen

iLoveMakonnen, an American hip-hop artist best known for his song "Tuesday" featuring Drake, will headline the new fall concert on the Homewood campus. Two electronic dance music artists—Robert Delong and Party Favor—as well as D.R.A.M, an American hip-hop and trap music artist, will serve as the festival's openers.

Anthony DeFurio, executive co-chair of the HOP, said the board hopes that offering four acts with different styles will engage more students. These artists were chosen, in part, for the quality of their live performances, he added.

"If it comes down to it, and it's not 100 percent guaranteed that they'll give us a good show, we are not going to risk the concert, festival, or performance," DeFurio said. "I've seen a couple of the acts live and both performances were over the top and amazing."

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 6. Students and young alumni can purchase tickets for $20 through the Young Alumni Weekend registration.

The first 400 attendees to arrive will receive a free tank top, and select artists' merchandise will be available for sale at the event.

Tickets and photo ID are required for entry.

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