Record Concert

Photo by Duane Zehr

By Shanlee Bratten ‘15
November 17, 2014

Five-time Grammy nominee Wiz Khalifa played to a record crowd at Bradley’s Renaissance Coliseum Friday night. The audience, which topped 3,700, was the largest concert in the Coliseum’s four-year history.

The venue buzzed with excitement long before Khalifa took the stage as concertgoers lined up four hours early. When he appeared at 10 p.m., Khalifa brought the crowd to its feet with hits such as “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up,” “KK” and “We Dem Boyz.”

Dashawn Cason ‘15, special event reserve fund coordinator for Activities Council of Bradley University, said the concert exceeded expectations.

“It was a surreal experience to see all the time we dedicated to the success of the event come to fruition in such a big way,” he said. “The energy was palpable.”

Peoria-based hip-hop artist D Webb set the stage as the opening act.

Students in attendance echoed Cason’s positive review.

“It was great,” said Ashley Dalluge ’15, an early childhood education major from Mount Zion, Illinois. “There was so much going on.”

ACBU funded the concert through its Special Events Reserve Fund, which brings big-name entertainment to the Hilltop for a concert each year. Students work to land artists, plan and staff events. Past concerts include The Fray, Taking Back Sunday, Jason Derulo and Mike Posner, Weezer, Lupe Fiasco, Maroon 5, OneRepublic and Joel McHale.