A close up of 2017 MusicFest featuring D.R.A.M.

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DU Programming Board’s  (DUPB) seventh annual MusicFest welcomes D.R.A.M. to Ogden Theatre on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. D.R.A.M. will be opened by a student opener titled Late Night followed by a second act which has not been announced yet.

D.R.A.M. (Does. Real. Ass. Music.), also known as Shelley Marshaun Massenberg-Smith, is an American rapper, singer songwriter from Hampton, Virginia. D.R.A.M. is best known for his singles “Cha Cha” and “Broccoli” featuring Lil Yachty.

DUPB will be tabling throughout the week of Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 26 outside of Sturm or on Driscoll Bridge, depending on weather.

Tickets will sell for $15 a piece for DU students only. DU students may bring up to one additional person to the venue by showing their ID card when purchasing a ticket. Tickets will also be available for $18 at the door.

The flashiest of DUPB’s events requires efforts from the organization as early as week one of school to pull off a successMusic Fest.

“We started planning this the first week off school in September,” sophomore committee member Annie Langston said. “We’ve been working on this since day one; it takes all of our energy every meeting. We have to make sure all of our contacts are in line, that our planning is okay. It’s a lot of emailing and a lot of communication between us and the school and our BABCO  [entertainment company]  representative.”

Perhaps the hardest part of the process is selecting an artist, mutually one students are interested in that also falls  within budget.

“It depends on prices mostly, depending on who we can get. Then, we take a poll on who we are listening to and what we think will be popular in the spring,” Langston said. “No one really knew who D.R.A.M. was in the fall but as time has gone on we’ve seen him grow and we [DUPB] predicted that, so we made a pretty good guess. He just got on tour with Kendrick Lamar, so he’s made a really good growth spurt which is helpful for us.”

Previous MusicFest artists include; Galantis, Milky Chance, Air Dubai, Odesza, The Head and the Heart, Trout and Steak Revival, Chris Webby, The Dean’s List, Brenton Duvall, Hujje, Clipse featuring Epilogue and the Photo Atlas and Swollen Members.

As the quarter system seems to drag on at this point in the year and the grind feels never-ending, DUPB events like May Days and MusicFest aim to motivate students to finish the quarter strong and kick-off summer festivities.

“We try to help relieve stress. May Days are coming up so it’s all just an end of the year celebration,” Langston said. “Plus, it’s only for DU students, so it makes it more special.”

Sasha is a second-year Journalism Studies major with minors in Business Analytics and Marketing. Sasha loves combining her passions of sports with writing and is a HUGE fan of data-driven narratives and visualizations. Despite being a Colorado native, Sasha aspires to live in New York City or Boston as soon as she can.

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