12 Days of Spring Weekend: Explaining this year’s ticket price increase

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Notice something strange embedded in BCA’s announcements regarding Monday’s Spring Weekend ticket sale? Besides the usual rules about how many tickets are on sale, and when, it seems that ticket prices have increased $5 from last year’s $15.

What could have caused this increase? Did BCA have to blow the budget due to Dan Deacon’s completely irrational demands for what amenities needed to be available for him?* Is Paxson taking a 5% commission on the whole thing? We reached out to a member of BCA for comment, and got a fairly simple explanation for the price increase:

The ticket prices have increased this year because the money we get from UFB only funds the talent we bring, and we need to make up the rest with ticket sales. A higher talent budget means higher production, staging, and hospitality costs. Since it’s a non-profit event, we use our ticket sales to cover all production costs.

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BREAKING: Spring Weekend 2014 lineup announced

The word is in from down at The Whiskey Republic. Behold: your Spring Weekend 2014 lineup!


some cheer.

What Cheer? Brigade: Local favorite What Cheer? Brigade is back in the game after a great performance somewhere between the John Carter Brown library and Wilson Hall last Spring Weekend. Brown students rocked like mad to the 18-piece brass band’s unique sound. They’re so fierce, even Hurricane Irene (and the NYPD) couldn’t stop them. The lawn next to the John Carter Brown will be terrorized once again.

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Chance the Rapper: Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, 20-year-old Chancellor Bennett (a.k.a. Chance the Rapper) is undoubtedly hip-hop’s 2013 breakout star. During a drug-related 10-day suspension from the prestigious Jones College Prep High School, Chance made his first mixtape, entitled — you guessed it — “10 Day” and released it in April of 2012. “10 Day” got Chance on the map, but his second mixtape, Acid Rap, released in April of 2013 was his declarative statement that he means business in the hip-hop world — and can potentially take the reins from the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z. After all, he does now have a song with Justin Bieber. Garnering universal critical acclaim and landing as #12 on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of the Year list, Acid Rap blends soul, jazz, infectious hooks and some of the best verses in years. Drawing on his teenage year experiences, Chance’s lyrics are incisive, witty, truthful and relatable. With over 250,000 downloads, it is also certifiably platinum, despite no release on iTunes or Spotify.

Both “10 Day” and “Acid Rap” are available for free online. Check out some of Chance’s biggest songs, “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” “Juice,” and his collab with Childish Gambino, “Favorite Song.”


Diplo: Wesley Pentz a.k.a. Diplo has had his hands in more hits than you even know. He came up in the Philadelphia music scene while studying at Temple University before releasing his first album Florida in 2004. He’s a mainstay in Major Lazer, and he has collaborated with legends like Beyoncé and Tiesto. Expect him to bring super-danceable tracks with a variety of influences such as “Express Yourself,” “Que Que,” “Pon De Floor,” and even a remix of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (they dated) to the Main Green. If our fellow students have anything to say about it, there will be twerking. Also, his label, Mad Decent, boasts an impressive stable of artists, including Zeds Dead, Rusko, Baauer, Riff Raff, and Flosstradamus.


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The Spring Weekend lineup release party is on Tuesday


After years of midnight announcements online, the Brown Concert Agency is taking a different approach to releasing the lineup for Spring Weekend 2014–one that will draw attention to Brown student musicians.

BCA has pegged six student groups to play a Lineup Release Party this Tuesday at Whiskey Republic. At midnight, they will put a pause to the festivities to announce the lineup for Spring Weekend.

You could just wait for the Facebook flurry (and Blog coverage) from those who trek down the hill on Tuesday night, but here are six things you’d be missing out on:

Clyde Lawrence Band

Clyde Lawrence is a junior hailing from New York City. His infectious soul-infused pop has caught the attention of many Brown students, Providence locals and, according to comments on the video above, French people. He plays a lot of shows at Brown and in the Providence area, and they’re always a good time. Continue Reading

Fill out BCA’s survey for a shot at free Spring Weekend tickets!


The Illuminati Brown Concert Agency has released a survey that you should definitely take the time to fill out. As they prepare next year’s budget for Spring Weekend, they want as much feedback as possible about what students really look for from the concerts. It’s just 4 questions long, and the more participation from Brown students that BCA gets, the better Spring Weekend becomes. Click this link for the survey.

PS – BCA has announced how they will be revealing this year’s lineup. On March 11 at 9 p.m. — a Tuesday! — they will be holding a concert at Whiskey Whisko that will culminate with a midnight announcement that will no doubt shake the city to its core. Prepare yourselves; Spring Week is coming.

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BlogDailyHeard: Two student musical performances in one night

You have two free opportunities to see superb Brown student musicians performing Wednesday night, and it would behoove you to check one of them out. You can’t go wrong, either way. But what you don’t want is to try to attend both, and end up leaving in the middle of one of the concerts, and thus cause a distraction to one of the performers and become responsible for their train wreck. Here to help you make your decision, Blog lays down the basic facts.

1. BCA Presents: Speakeasy Vol. XIV [um, what is this, the Superbowl?]

The Speakeasy Series is a BCA event in which you actually do have some access to the musicians.

The Speakeasy Series is a BCA event in which you actually do have some access to the musicians.

When? 8 p.m.
Where? Faunce Underground
There will be three sets: Sage Snider, then Bryn Bliska and Jamie Fried, and then The Muffinheads. Check out each artist’s description on the Facebook event—they say it better than we could.

BCA has stated that they are infusing their speakeasy series with more funding in exchange for the lack of Fall Concert. Let’s see them put their money where their mouth is!

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BlogDailyHeard: The 20/20 Experience, ‘The Speed of Things’, and BCA

BlogDailyHeard is a brief, periodic update on some things musical, with no pretentions of comprehensiveness; merely intended to give people something to sound knowledgeable about at dinner. Posts will typically include some combination of musical events too large to ignore, events that deserve some time in the spotlight, and/or happenings at Brown or in Providence.

We See You, JT:

Starting, inevitably, with the most blockbusting event of the past week or so, is Justin Timberlake’s latest outing, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. If you were to accuse me of writing about this album a little late in the game, I would redirect the blame unto Justin himself, citing the very length of the album itself as my cause for tardiness. This disc, which is only half of the entire “experience,” clocks in at an impressive 74:25 (most albums hover in the 40-minute range). To see out of both eyes (The 20/20 Experience – 1 of 2 was released this past March), you need to listen to over 144 minutes of music. Why so long, Justin? You’re talented, and you’re cool, you really are, and we know it. We want to hear you, but not four times as much of you as we hear of anybody else.

Dare we wonder what are you trying to compensate for, Justin? Wasn’t the size of your box proof enough?

Dare we wonder what are you trying to compensate for, Justin? Wasn’t the size of your box proof enough?

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