Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert stirs up conversation around University of Northern Colorado
Macklemore performs during The Heist Tour in Toronto on November 28, 2012. Macklemore will be performing at UNC in March. Photo courtesy of drew—thecomeupshow
As the UNC spring concert approaches, students await the highly anticipated appearance of up and coming hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
The 4,000 tickets that were originally released for purchase sold out within 84 hours, and the first 200, which were free for UNC students, were gone within eight minutes. Fortunately for those who were unable to buy tickets that quickly, an additional 900 tickets were released for sale due to the high demand.
"I'm excited for the concert because it's a well-known artist and I'm surprised he came to UNC in the first place," said Jake Macauley, a communications major from Aims Community College.
Macauley owns one of Macklemore's albums.
"I expect him (Macklemore) to put on a good show," said Macauley.
The indie rap group from Seattle are the first independent artists in over 20 years to top the Billboard charts without the use of a high profile label to support them. Macklemore, or Ben Haggerty as he is known off stage, has been releasing music since the early 2000s, but just recently gained recognition for the success of his debut album, The Heist. His hit single "Thrift Shop," topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four straight weeks before dropping down to the number two spot this past week.
"A rapper coming from Seattle; you don't see that very often," said Mark Norris, a senior geology major at UNC.
Norris said that he listened to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' entire album on iTunes when it was released in early October.
"Some I can listen to any day of the week," said Norris.
Macklemore was recently questioned in an interview on MTV News about the surprise success of his single "Thrift Shop."
Macklemore said, "I thought it was going to be like a niche demographic that some of our fan base would like. I never thought that it would be much more than that."
"Thrift Shop" is fast approaching $2 million dollars in sales and its video has just surpassed 65 million hits on YouTube.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform on 7 p.m., Sunday, March 3 in the Butler-Hancock gym.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More UNC Mirror News Articles
Recent UNC Mirror News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR UNC MIRROR NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST UNC MIRROR NEWS
- Northern Colorado student Amber "Billy" Chadderdon finds her path
- COLUMN: Stay young-and classy-Northern Colorado grads
- EDITORIAL: Take advantage of summer while you still can, undergraduates
- Northern Colorado student Steven Josephson combines art and news
- Northern Colorado Hazel E. Johnson award winner aspires to be Colorado educator
- University of Northern Colorado swimmer balances nursing program and...
- The triple-major athlete: Joe Carroll Q&A
RECENT UNC MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Boomers Find Reason to Celebrate With Vacations
- Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser
- Stay Cool With a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as It Is Functional
- Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
- Chiropractic Careers Are on the Rise
- Choosing the Right Home Health Care Agency
- Pop the Champagne Diamond for Your Seasonal Fashion...
- Managing Pain: Are You Reading Your Medicine Labels?
- Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
- You Can Quit