In addition to the sunlight, sunglasses, and Nalgenes which are all staples of Ivies, live music plays an integral role in the celebrations. This year's Ivies concert features Talib Kweli, the well-known and critically acclaimed rapper.
Students voted this fall through anonymous ballots to facilitate the selection of an artist or band for the event. After several rounds of negotiations and bargaining, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) secured Kweli, with Naughty by Nature as an opening act.
Largely as a result of his relationship with Kanye West (with whom he toured earlier in the year), Kweli has become highly regarded in the world of hip hop and rap. His hits include "Get By," "Hot Thing," and "Listen."
Luke Delahanty '10, a member of CAB, said that Bowdoin is particularly happy to have Kweli because he is a "socially conscious rapper."
He also provides the possibility for a unique and exciting concert experience.
"Bowdoin doesn't get to experience Kweli much since he isn't played at the pub or parties often," said Delahanty.
Kweli's performance is a particularly fitting acquisition to Ivies weekend, according to Delahanty.
"We thought he had a great sound for Ivies," said Delahanty. "People can dance to it, sing along, or just relax on the grass and enjoy."
The Ivies concert was forced indoors due to poor weather last year, but Kweli will be on a stage outside this weekend in front of Hubbard Hall.
"As of right now the weather is awesome, and it's expected to be awesome," said Delahanty. "I don't want to jinx anything, but we expect to have it outside as of right now."
Students expressed excitement to be able to enjoy the outdoor concert and celebrate the fact that it is Ivies.
"An Ivies concert is an Ivies concert," said sophomore Shea McKeon. "It's going to be fun no matter what. I'm excited just for that."
Senior Elena Snavely echoed McKeon's enthusiasm for the Kweli concert, especially that it will most likely take place outside.
"Quad concerts are the best," she said. "Whenever I can lie outside like a beached whale in the sun, I'm happy."
Kweli will be playing at 2:00 p.m. following DJs S. Caliber and T. Throw, and Naughty by Nature on the Quad.