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Hip Hop Sensation Drake to Play Tsongas Center


Tickets Go on Sale March 9 for Grammy Nominee’s Performance for Public, Students at UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ He was nominated for a Grammy even before his first full-length album was released, starred in a hit teen TV show and has performed with rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne. Now, Drake is coming to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Drake is the headliner in “The Away From Home Tour,” which comes to the Tsongas Center on Thursday, April 29. It’s the first stop on the tour that is open to the public, as well as UMass Lowell students, and one of only two public shows in New England on this tour. The UMass Lowell show is the first major show for the Tsongas Center since it was acquired by the university last month.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Tuesday, March 9 and are $25 for the general public and $15 for UMass Lowell students; all seating is general admission. The public can purchase tickets at the Tsongas Center box office or via Ticketmaster. Discount tickets for UMass Lowell students are only available at the box office. The Tsongas Center is located at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Lowell, just minutes from Route 3 and Interstate 495.

Drake, the Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money recording artist, is on his first solo tour since performing last year on the record-breaking blockbuster Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. Drake, who is expected to release his first full-length CD this year, recently performed his hit single “Forever” on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards show.

Drake got his start (under his full name Aubrey Drake Graham) 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 has been recording and releasing his music since 2006, when he debuted as an unsigned artist with the mix tape “Room for Improvement.” He has gone on to collaborate with other artists from Jay-Z and Kanye West to Mary J. Blige and Young Jeezy, and release an EP featuring his work. 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, 2009, making him only the second performer in history to have his first Top 10 hits in the same week. In addition to his Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, Drake has also received honors from MTV, BET and Soul Train.

In addition to Drake, the Tsongas Center show ߝ presented as part of the fifth annual Campus Consciousness Tour ߝ will feature special guests rapper K-OS and Francis & The Lights, a synth-pop band based in New York City.

The tour was booked at the Tsongas Center by UMass Lowell’s Campus Activities and Programming Association (CAPA) in response to students’ interest in seeing Drake perform on campus.

“CAPA wanted to select an artist who is breaking big on the music scene and is completely fresh to the New England area,” said Tasha Henderson, associate director of UMass Lowell Student Activities and Leadership, which works closely with CAPA. “The students were confident that with Drake, they can present a sold-out show that will also show national touring artists what a great venue the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is for one of their future stops.”

The Campus Consciousness Tour is organized by Reverb, the nonprofit environmental organization co-founded by Adam Gardner of Guster that educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability, and produced by Boston-based Pretty Polly Productions. Reverb has “greened” Drake’s Away from Home Tour with a tour bus that runs on biodiesel fuel and using biodegradable and recycled products on the bus and backstage.

The tour’s stops, including the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, will showcase an eco-village featuring national and campus environmental and socially conscious groups and programs, as well as “green” technology education tents, a fan carbon-offset program and eco-friendly consumer sampling.

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