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Future to Headline Stanford’s Blackfest

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Future at SXSW in March. Photo by Matt Crawford

Interesting things are happening at “the farm.” Following the announcement last week that indie rock darlings MGMT will perform at Stanford, it was announced today that rapper Future will make an on-campus appearance for Blackfest.

The annual spring concert returns May 4 at Levin Field with the Atlanta-based rapper, along with other performers and campus dance groups. Admission to the event is free.

The show marks another fresh break from Stanford’s normal lineup of well-coiffed classical and jazz shows. Future’s biggest hits include a syrupy and flashy slow jam (“Turn on the Lights”), a gangsta rap homage to coke film Scarface (“Tony Montana”) and tracks with some of the biggest names in rap, including 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and T.I.

Blackfest has a history of bucking Stanford’s normally conservative music performance bookings, bringing top-tier acts to the university since its 2003 debut. Previous headliners Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Wale and E-40.

Campus dance groups performing this year include Alliance, HD Crew, Jam Pac’d and Catch a Fyah. A new addition to the show this year will be a cypher showcasing local rappers, according to organizers.

Black Fest starts at 2pm on May 4 at Levin Field on Mayfield Avenue in Palo Alto.

Matt Crawford is the Director of Digital Media for Metro Newspapers. Follow him @Metro_Matt.

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