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2012 Snowstorm Music Tour

February 10, 2012

The Snowstorm Music Tour 2012 will storm through DeKalb and land at the NIU Convocation Center on February 10th, 2012. Headlining the tour are hip-hop crossover sensations, T-Pain and the ever-eclectic Gym Class Heroes. Special guests include OUTASIGHT, artists Grieves & Budo, and Cris Cab. The show will start at 6:30pm with doors opening at 5:30pm.

Tickets for the Snowstorm Music Tour 2012 go on sale this Friday, January 6th at 10:00am. All lower floor tickets are general admission. All lower bowl and upper bowl tickets are reserved. Tickets are $29.50. On the day of the show tickets are $35.00. Tickets can be bought at the NIU Convocation Center Box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets (Including Wal-Mart), Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.  For further information please visit www.snowstormmusictour.com .

One Day Only - NIU Student Special: On Friday, January 20th from 10:00am - 5:00pm NIU Students can purchase tickets to the Snowstorm Music Tour for only $19.97. Tickets must be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office between 10:00am and 5:00pm. A valid NIU OneCard must be presented to obtain the NIU Student Special.  


Artist Information:


What fans will find from his December (2011) release, ‘rEVOLVEr,’ is what the title suggests – an artist that challenged himself to resonate with new audiences. Mission accomplished.  

“5 O’Clock” featuring Wiz Khalifa and British songbird, Lilly Allen, has the feel of a pop song and the suave, cool stylings of an R&B standard. T-Pain recently toured with Chris Brown, whom he also collaborated with on “Best Love Song.”

Based out of Tallahassee, T-Pain went pro when he recorded his personal take (“I’m F**Ked Up”) of Akon’s hit “Locked Up.” His first release, ‘Rappa Ternt Sanga’ (2005) saw “I’m Sprung” crack the Top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. “I’m N Luv” featuring Mike Jones reached No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart.

T-Pain’s second album, ‘Epiphany’ (2006), featured the smash hits “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin)” featuring Yung Joc, “Bartender” featuring Akon and “Church.” He’s made numerous guest appearances, including “Low” by Flo Rida, “Good Life” with Kanye West, “One More Drink” with Ludacris. His chart success continued with “Can’t Believe” featuring Lil Wayne and “Freeze” featuring Chris Brown.

Visit T-Pain.net.


Alternative/hip-hop band, Gym Class Heroes, catapulted to international stardom in 2007 with their #1 hit “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America,” which set the record for holding the top spot on the Top 40 radio charts for the most consecutive weeks by a band helped earn them the “Best New Artist” award the MTV Video Music Awards that same year. 

After scoring one of the biggest songs of 2010 with his solo smash hit “Billionaire (featuring Bruno Mars),” frontman Travie McCoy returned to Gym Class Heroes to release the band’s fourth Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen release, The Papercut Chronicles II, this past November.  The album’s multi-platinum, lead single “Stereo Hearts (featuring Adam Levine)” became the band’s second #1 hit this fall, with its followup  “Ass Back Home (featuring Neon Hitch)” already starting its ascent up the charts. 

Gym Class Heroes’ genre-jumping sound and energetic live performances have made the band equally at home touring with The Roots and Lil Wayne as they are crossing the country as a Warped Tour headliner. Collectively, Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes have sold over 2 million albums worldwide and over 8 million digital singles. 

Visit GymClassHeroes.com.

Grieves & Budo

Rhymesayers Entertainment artist Grieves enlisted longtime friend, collaborator and producer, Budo on his latest album, Together/Apart, and his first tour. Together/Apart charted No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, No. 13 in Rap Albums and No. 106 on Billboard’s Top 200. Vans Warp Tour veteran, Grieves’ combination of singing and rapping makes this Chicago-native stand out. With the addition of Budo’s keys, horn and guitar, the result is an awesome beat and hip hop launched into the next generation.  

Visit GrievesandBudo.com.

Cris Cab

It’s been said that in the digital music world, the 16, 17 and 18-year old virtuosos are leading the pack. With over a million of hits on YouTube of covers from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, and Foster The People, Cris Cab (at only 18 years old), is the face of the next generation’s independent artist gaining an immense fan base and attention solely online. So much so, he is the protégé of hit maker Pharrell Williams (he’s half of the power producing duo The Neptunes).

Cris Cab may have began emulating Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye and even Led Zeppellin, but it didn’t take long for the Cuban-American’s talent to shine through. His original tracks “Good Girls” is soulful and as much reggae as pop. His diverse talents and multi-genre appeal have already landed him tour spots with Matisyahu and O.A.R.

Visit CrisCab.com.