This year’s “Black and Gold Unleashed” Homecoming week takes place from November 8-14, with the much anticipated Ram Fest Homecoming Concert taking place on Thursday, November 12, in the Richmond Coliseum instead of the traditional Siegel Center location.
The Ram Fest lineup includes popular R&B artists such as PARTYNEXTDOOR and Rae Sremmurd, as well as up-and-coming performers such as Bad Rabbits and JMSN. Floor tickets for students for the concert can be found at Break Point, located on the lower level of the University Student Commons, for $25 (plus a $2 convenience fee) with a VCU ID, from October 15-19. Tickets for the public, alumni, faculty, staff, and students will be on sale beginning October 19 at the Richmond Coliseum Box Office or at ticketmaster.com.
Looking to brush up on your knowledge of the artists? Read the following artist profiles to get up to speed with the need-to-know information about this year’s artists. For more information about Homecoming, including the Court, events and how to get involved, visit the website at vcuhomecoming.com.
Headlining this year’s concert is PARTYNEXTDOOR, or Jahron Anthony Braithwaite, 22, a Canadian R&B singer, songwriter and producer signed to OVO sound, distributed by Warner Bros. Records. PARTYNEXTDOOR rose to fame with his self-titled debut on the label in July 2013. His 2014 album included his hit single “Recognize” featuring Drake, which peaked at number nine on the US R&B and Hip Hop chart. His collaborations with Drake on tracks from Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same, including “Own It” and “Come Thru.”
PARTYNEXTDOOR has also collaborated with various artists such as Meek Mill, Travi$ Scott, P. Reign and Big Sean. His sound can be described as alternative R&B, with traditional R&B and hip-hop influences mixed with an electronic vibe.
Follow PARTYNEXTDOOR on Twitter and Instagram at @partyomo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/partyomo
This year’s lineup includes the platinum-selling group Rae Sremmurd. The Atlanta-based brotherly duo made up of Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown, 20, and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown, 21, have been taking America by storm with their hit singles like “No Flex Zone,” “No Type,” “Throw Sum Mo’ ft. Nicki Minaj,” and “This Could Be Us.”
Rae Sremmurd have been nominated for various music awards such as the Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Artist, BET Awards Best New Artist and Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award. They also won BET’s Best Group Award in 2015. Before the group’s success, the brothers performed at local parties, basements and bars prior joining EarDrummers Entertainment in 2014, and releasing their debut album SremmLife in early 2015.
Follow Rae Sremmurd on Twitter and Instagram at @raesremmurd and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/raesremmurd.
Bad Rabbits is an American funk-rock and R&B band from Boston, Massachusetts. The group is composed of five Northeastern University graduates: Fredua Boakye, Sheel Davé, Salim Akram, Graham Masser and Santiago Araujo.
Bad Rabbits won the Boston Music Awards R&B/Pop Artist of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2014 and have been on tours including the Karmaloop Campus tour with Kendrick Lamar, the Vans Warped Tour and the UK Headline Tour. Interested in checking them out? Their singles include “Can’t Fool Me,” “We Can Roll,” “Fall in Love,” “Doin’ It,” “Dance With You” and “Better Days.”
Follow Bad Rabbits on Twitter and Instagram and @badrabbits and on Facebook at @badrabbits.
Christian Berishaj, known by his stage name, JMSN (pronounced Jameson), is a Detroit, Michigan-based singer, songwriter and producer for White Room Records. JMSN’s sound is a mix of alternative, R&B and electronica soul. He has featured on tracks with artists such as The Game and J. Cole and has gone on tour and produced for artists such as Pete Wentz and Kevin Rudolph. JMSN has two albums currently out, Priscilla (2012) and JMSN (2014).
Follow JMSN on Twitter and Instagram at @iamjmsn and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialJMSN