Welcome Back Concert set to feature Skizzy Mars


Photo courtesy of the ASNMSU.

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will be hosting their annual Welcome Back Concert free for all Aggies to attend on Friday night at the Corbett Outdoor Stage. This year’s exciting lineup consists of electronic dance music artist Naray and rappers Yung Gravy and Skizzy Mars.

An NMSU alumni, Naray will make his third return to the Welcome Back Show beginning at 9 p.m. Naray is also no stranger to performing at other NMSU events such as tailgates, athletic games and ASNMSU’s annual Spring Fling.

“I’m very excited to be playing for NMSU once again as the students always bring a great energy. Get ready for a performance unlike any other Naray set as I’m setting the stage before my team and I leave to [Los Angeles]” Naray said, who will be making music and performing in Los Angeles after the concert.

The concert will transition from EDM to rap when Yung Gravy and Skizzy Mars take the stage. ASNMSU Director of Activities Courtney Beck says that these artists and their work differs from what students have seen in past concerts.

“They’re a little different than what we’ve [ASNMSU] done in the past. It’s a different kind of genre of rap. We’re trying to broaden our concerts for the students to reach out to everybody,” Beck said.

The planning process for this concert began four months prior to its date. ASNMSU released polls on social media to get an idea of what students would like to hear while staying within an allotted price range.

“These are artists are the real deal—but even students who are not familiar with the artists should still show up. It’s definitely going to be a really memorable night. You can make new friends, strengthen relationships with old friends–I can’t think of a better way to start off the year than with a fun concert like this,” ASNMSU President Emerson Morrow explained.

With the concert nearing, Beck and Morrow are hoping to see a great turnout of students this Friday night after months of hard work and planning. Beck estimates that about 1,000 students will attend but would love to have around 3,000 or 4,000—especially since this will be the first outing on a weekend for freshmen that are living on campus.

Beck also adds that the public is also more than welcome to attend.

“If you have friends who are not in college yet and are thinking about New Mexico State, what better way to come and see what we do,” she asked.

All students and community members all welcome to attend the free ASNMSU’s sponsored event this Friday. Skizzy Mars will be the main headliner performing at 11:00 p.m. while Naray will take stage at 9:00 p.m. and Yung Gravy at 10:00 p.m.

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