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Hip-Hop Night Preview

Hip-hop on over to the Markin Performance Court this Sunday at 8 p.m. for Performing Art Plug’s first event as a Bradley organization.

Hip-Hop Night will involve an artist showcase with talent from Bradley students. Artist performances will include Ty Loveland, Calvin Rodgers, Ishmael Rashaun, Jamal Stevenson, Kiana Baylor and Trent Lige.

President of Performing Art Plug, Tia Baylor, said she she wanted to focus on educating students on the different aspects of hip-hop each artist represents.

“There’s so many students on campus that do have weird taste and weird sounds and I feel like we’re just trying to reach out to diverse sounds and settings,” said Baylor, a junior music and entertainment industry major. “So hip-hop is a part of that, as well as EDM and all of that other stuff.”

Performing Art Plug specializes in finding shows and gigs for those in the performing arts. Baylor said her personal struggles as a student artist led her to start the organization.

“When T-Pain came, we could’ve supplied [ACBU] opening student acts,” Baylor said. “I thought that would’ve been something that’s cool because it would’ve been like we’re having something for the students, but it’s also a way to get them connections.”

Hip-Hop Night is an opportunity for Bradley to support its student artists and hear their original music sets.

“I decided to participate in the event because I wanted to help showcase some of the local talent within our campus,” junior game design major, Ty Loveland, said. “This event is important to campus as it gives these artists a chance to show their peers exactly what they’ve been working on and just how much talent is within our student body. I’m most excited to see everyone’s reaction to just how great these artists are.”

According to Baylor, Performing Art Plug is hoping to have 50 people in attendance Sunday. Baylor said everyone is invited to join and welcome to hang out.

“Honestly, I just want [attendees] to chill and relax and have a good time because finals week is like literally next week, so it’s really stressful, so I think we should just all take the time to just chill,” Baylor said. “I’ve seen [the artists] perform multiple times actually and they’re pretty awesome. So I just want to showcase the talent that Bradley has to offer.”

For more information about Hip-Hop Night or to get involved with Performing Art Plug, contact performanceplug@gmail.com or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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