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Fall Concert Preview: Tobi Lou, The Bus and Morrison ’20

November 15, 2019

As the temperature plummets and finals season approaches, the end of the fall season heralds the Bowdoin Entertainment Board (E-board)’s annual Fall Concert.

This year, Bowdoin will be welcoming Nigerian-born, Chicago-raised artist Tobi Lou, a hip-hop rapper and singer. E-board member Mamadou Diaw ’20 describes Lou as an up-and-coming artist.

“He has a very unique and very creative vibe,” Diaw said. “And he just has … music you can bump to on a regular basis.”

Diaw explained the difficult process of inviting musicians to campus each year.

“It’s very hard to get artists, depending on [the] time frame and timeline. So this was a conversation that happened before the school year started,” he said.

Over the summer, the E-board began to connect through group chats to brainstorm a list of artists that could be a good fit for the occasion, trying to make a decision that best considered everyone’s voice. Members had brainstormed at least 15 artists for the Fall Concert.

Lou’s performance has been on the E-board’s radar for some time. He released his most popular song, “Buff Baby,” just over a year ago. It gained attention and praise through social media and now has over 15 million views on Youtube as well as over 30 million streams on Spotify. Some of his other hit songs include “Just Keep Goin’,” “Darlin’” and “I Was Sad Last Night I’m OK Now.” He has an upcoming tour in Europe starting in early January.

The fall concert this year will include two student performances: Ari, Blaine and the Bus as well as Alana.

The Bus, a student group that typically alternates between singers, has made its mark this past semester, performing at different campus events including Greenstock, Reed House’s Fall Fest and MacMillan House’s Macoween. Alana Morrison ’20 is an established pop music singer-songwriter on campus who released her first EP last fall.

The Fall Concert will take place tonight in Morrell Lounge of David Saul Smith Union. Student opening acts will begin at 10 p.m. with Tobi Lou following immediately thereafter.


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