T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes to play Convo Feb. 10

T-Pain
T-Pain

The Snowstorm Music Tour 2012 will storm through DeKalb and land Friday, Feb. 10, at the NIU Convocation Center.

Headlining the tour are hip-hop crossover sensations T-Pain and the ever-eclectic Gym Class Heroes. Special guests include Grieves & Budo, Cris Cab and one artist yet to be announced.

Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Snowstorm Music Tour 2012 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6. All lower-floor tickets are general admission. All lower-bowl and upper-bowl tickets are reserved.

Tickets are $29.50. On the day of the show, tickets are $35.

Tickets can be bought at the NIU Convocation Center Box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets (Including Wal-Mart), Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

ONE DAY ONLY SPECIAL!
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, NIU students can purchase tickets for $19.97.
Tickets must be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center Box office,
and a valid NIU OneCard must be presented.

2012 Snowstorm Music Tour poster

What fans of T-Pain discovered in his December 2011 release, “rEVOLVEr,” is what the title suggests: an artist that challenged himself to resonate with new audiences. Mission accomplished.

“5 O’Clock,” featuring Wiz Khalifa and British songbird Lily Allen has the feel of a pop song and the suave, cool stylings of an R&B standard. T-Pain recently toured with Chris Brown, whom he also collaborated with on “Best Love Song.”

Based out of Tallahassee, T-Pain went pro when he recorded his personal take of Akon’s hit “Locked Up.”

His first release, 2005’s “Rappa Ternt Sanga,” saw “I’m Sprung” crack the Top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. “I’m N Luv,” featuring Mike Jones, reached No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart.

T-Pain’s second album, 2006’s “Epiphany,” featured the smash hits “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin)” featuring Yung Joc, “Bartender” featuring Akon and “Church.”

He’s made numerous guest appearances, including “Low” by Flo Rida, “Good Life” with Kanye West, “One More Drink” with Ludacris.

Gym Class Heroes
Gym Class Heroes

Alternative/hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes catapulted to international stardom in 2007 with their No. 1 hit, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America.”

It set the record for holding the top spot on the Top 40 radio charts for the most consecutive weeks by a band and helped them earn the “Best New Artist” award the MTV Video Music Awards that same year.

Gym Class Heroes’ genre-jumping sound and energetic live performances have made the band equally at home touring with The Roots and Lil Wayne as they are crossing the country as a Warped Tour headliner.

Collectively, frontman Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes have sold more than 2 million albums worldwide and more than 8 million digital singles.

After scoring one of the biggest songs of 2010 with his solo smash hit “Billionaire” (featuring Bruno Mars), McCoy returned to Gym Class Heroes to release the band’s fourth album, “The Papercut Chronicles II,” this past November.

The album’s multi-platinum, lead single “Stereo Hearts” (featuring Adam Levine) became the band’s second No. 1 hit this fall.

For more information about the local Snowstorm show, call (815) 752-6800 or email convocenter@niu.edu.

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