By J’na Jefferson
After weeks of anticipation from many Rider students, the fall concert proved to be a success when Kelly Rowland, We The Kings and KAPTN took the stage to perform some of their biggest songs.
Fans of these musicians lined up in front of the Student Recreation Center (SRC) as early as 4 p.m. to guarantee a spot near the stage. According to Nick Barbati, assistant director of Campus Life, about 1,350 people were in attendance for the show.
“The concert was worth the wait,” said freshman radio and TV major Tiffany Hill, who was among one of the first in line for the show. “I got a great spot along the barricade and I was so close.”
We The Kings started off the night with some of their more popular songs, such as “Just Keep Breathing,” “Secret Valentine” and “Check Yes, Juliet.” They also pleased the crowd with covers of “Stay” by Rihanna and “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye.
The band, which is currently in the process of recording and gathering funding for its untitled fourth album, had, arguably, the largest turnout of Rider students the night of the concert. After the concert, some members of the band stayed in the SRC lobby to take pictures and sign autographs for fans.
“I only went to the fall concert to see We the Kings, and it was well worth it,” said Sarah Scarantino, a graduate elementary education major. “This band never fails to leave all of their energy on stage, proving they’ve earned their spot in the music business.”
Next on deck was KAPTN, the L.A.-based artist who rose to fame during the summer with his hit “Ricky Ricardo.” His set was significantly shorter, but the beats for his songs, such as “Ricky Ricardo” and “Juice,” got the crowd going. There were a few people who were not big fans of this up-and-comer, and felt that he should have been the opening act rather than sandwiched between the bigger performers.
“KAPTN should have gone first or he shouldn’t have gone at all,” said junior radio and TV major Fatima Heyward.
Last, but certainly not least, to perform was Kelly Rowland. The former member of Destiny’s Child did not disappoint fans who were eager to hear some of the girl group’s greatest hits, including “Survivor,” “Bootylicious” and “Jumpin’ Jumpin’.” She also performed some of her solo hits, such as “Motivation” and “Bump Like This.”
Many of her newer songs did not resonate as well with some of the audience because of how recently her latest album, Talk A Good Game, was released. Many people left after a few of her songs, missing out on the trip down memory lane with her Destiny’s Child medley and some of her earlier solo songs.
All in all, the concert seemed to appeal to a lot of music fans on Rider’s campus. However, rearranging the line-up and focusing on more popular songs would have served all of the acts well.
“I definitely think it was the greatest concert we’ve had at Rider since I became a student here in 2003 and then started working here in 2007.” said Barbati. “I think it satisfied everyone’s tastes and it attracted and appealed to a wide range of students.”
Printed in the 10/9/13 edition.