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Concert is on for Oct. 26; Remaining Tickets Go on Sale Aug. 23
LOWELL, Mass. ߝ Hip-hop sensation and Grammy nominee Drake will perform at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
This performance is the make-up date for the concert originally scheduled for April 29 that was postponed after Drake was put on doctor-mandated vocal rest. All tickets for the original date will be honored for the Oct. 26 show.
General admission tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 at the Tsongas Center box office and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $25 and there is an eight-ticket limit per person. Refunds for tickets to the April 29 date are available through Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. through the original point of purchase.
This will be the first major concert booked at the Tsongas Center by UMass Lowell’s Campus Activities and Programming Association (CAPA) since the university acquired the venue this year. The show was booked in response to students’ interest in seeing Drake perform on campus. The Tsongas Center is located at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Lowell, just minutes from Route 3 and Interstate 495. For more upcoming events, check out www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Doors for the Drake show open at 5:30 p.m. for UMass Lowell students and at 6 p.m. for the general public. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with opening act Clipse. The hip-hop duo is known for working with The Neptunes and hits on the hip hop, rap and Billboard 100 charts.
Drake’s concert at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is a stop on one of several tours he has been performing on this year in support of his first full-length studio album, “Thank Me Later.” The long-awaited CD debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 447,000 copies in its first week. The first single, “Up All Night” was the week’s highest new entry on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart with 57,000 downloads sold. Drake’s honors in the last year include Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance and winning Best Male Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards. He will perform on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12 and is nominated in the Best Hip Hop Video and Best Male Video categories.
“In retrospect, the rescheduling is a positive development as Drake’s popularity has increased more than we could have imagined. We were confident then, and even more confident now, that this show is going to be a highly anticipated event,” said Tasha Henderson, associate director of UMass Lowell’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership.
Drake got his start as one of the stars of the hit TV series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” The Toronto native has music in his blood; he is the son of Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with music legends including Jerry Lee Lewis and is the nephew of musicians Larry Graham and Teenie Hodges. Drake’s music career began in 2006 as an unsigned artist with the mix tape “Room for Improvement.” He has collaborated with artists from Jay-Z and Kanye West to Mary J. Blige and Young Jeezy. In 2009, two songs featuring Drake, “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl,” hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of July 4, making him only the second performer in history to have his first Top 10 hits in the same week.
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