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News of note: N*E*R*D* will perform at Block Party by 20watts

N*E*R*D* bring their Virginia Beech style to Syracuse

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After being very secretive¬†about their “special mystery act” University Union announced today that Shay Haley, Chad Hugo, and music superstar Pharrell WilliamsN*E*R*D*— will perform at Block Party 2010. N*E*R*D* will join headliner Drake and opening acts Francis and the Lights, and K-OS for the concert which is scheduled for Friday, April 30th at The Carrier Dome. N*E*R*D* will bring an interesting element to this year’s Block Party. Their energetic rock/ hip-hop style will definitely get the crowd warmed up for Drake.

Online pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow through suathletics.com at 10 a.m. for SU and SUNY-ESF students only. With a valid SU or SUNY-ESF I.D. these tickets will be $18. Tickets for the general public will go on sale starting Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. These tickets will be available at the Carrier Dome Box office or through Ticketmaster.com; they will cost $25.

-Eric Hoffman

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UU confirms Drake will headline Syracuse University’s Block Party 2010 by caitlindewey

Drake is coming to Syracuse!

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20 Watts called it a week ago and University Union just confirmed: in a press release distributed to campus media outlets early this morning (with the exception of the Daily Orange, of course, which inexplicably gets special treatment), UU public relations director Brittany Frederickson revealed that Drake will in fact be headlining Block Party 2010.

Openers include Francis & The Lights, K-OS and a “special guest” to be announced later in the semester.¬†The concert will be on Friday April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome; tickets are $15 for students and $25 for the general public.

20 Watts broke the news on February 18 after Drake announced a stop in Syracuse via his Myspace. At the time, SU grad student and producer Nick Cicero, who is signed to the same label as Drake’s producer, said that the rapper was “supposed to be coming” but that it wasn’t “uber-official” yet.

Drake’s last release was the mixtape The Drought is Over: Friends with Money, which 20 Watts’ reviews editor John Cassillo gave a 13 out of 20 watts.

20 Watts will continue reporting on the spring semester concert schedule as information becomes available.

— Caitlin Dewey