Ludacris, Even 6 and All-American Rejects Performed At SHSU

Ludacris at Sammypalooza

by Cheval John

The start of another school year is on the horizon.

Incoming freshman looking forward to start their collegiate careers for the first time while transfer students are  happy about an opportunity for a new start.While many were worried about what classes to take or moving into a new dorm, students at Sam Houston State University were looking forward to another concert before classes begin on Wednesday.

Every year since 2005, the Office of Student Activities in collaboration with the Department of Recreational Sports put together a concert series in the fall called “Sammypalooza.”

They would bring in well known music artist to perform for the students and give them a reason to transition into student life.

Ludacris, Eve 6 and the All-American Rejects were this year’s performers at Sammypalooza that was held on August 27 at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Between 4,750 and 5,500 people attended the well-anticipated event.

Lead Singer Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects

Though the concert started at 7 p.m., many were at the door at noon.

Eve 6 started the night with a bang.

They performed many of their hits including “Inside Out” and “Here’s To The Night.”

It was even more special as guitarist Jon Siebels was celebrating his birthday and the band they wished him a happy birthday.The All-American Rejects continued the momentum.

Many accompanied the band to their well known song, “Dirty Little Secret.”

“I am an All-American Rejects fanatic,” SHSU  junior softball player Erin Martin said.

“I saw them in concert when I was fourteen and they were always my favorite band.”

The place got electric when Ludacris came on the stage.

The rapper from Atlanta performed many of his hits including “Area Code” and “Act A Fool.”

He returned from a concert in Canada the night before and was excited by the energy of the crowd.

“I grew up listening to Ludacris,” SHSU student Megan Herring said.

“To actually see him at my school right here for free, it can’t get any better than that.”

The concert was a much needed boost before the beginning of another school year and many believe that it has put SHSU and Huntsville on the map.

Sammy the Bearkat with Volunteer Workers at Sammypalooza

“Not a lot of schools can get these type of people to come to their schools for free,” Herring said.

“It’s pretty awesome.”

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About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency that helps businesses to use social media correctly to build a loyal following. Cheval is also the host of an online radio show/podcast called, "What's The Word?" He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting. Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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