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Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

Stallion to storm Vandament

HOT SUMMER SENSATION—Megan Pete, known on stage as Megan Thee Stallion, will bring the female rap phenomenon to NMU on Nov. 17 for a concert brought by Northern Arts and Entertainment.

Rap fans, be on the lookout. One of this summer’s top artists, Megan Thee Stallion, will brace the Wildcat stage with her electric tunes and her overnight hit single “Hot Girl Summer.” 

Brought by Northern Arts and Entertainment and funded by the Student Finance and Student Activity Committees, the concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, at the Vandament Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Megan Thee Stallion (or her common name Megan Pete) is also an advocate for self-love and women’s empowerment. Pete wants her audience members to feel “like a bad b****,” so she makes her concerts upbeat and energetic like a big party, Northern Arts and Entertainment President Olivia Helka said.

“Megan brings people up on stage, so she does do a lot of crowd interaction,” Helka said. “I hope students can get a fun time, a chance to see a hot and upcoming artist, and a lifelong memory of a great concert.”

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For this reason, Helka said that this may be the best concert that Northern Arts and Entertainment has put on.

“In all honesty, it’s going to be so huge, I can’t even put it into words because I have the highest expectations for this show,” Helka said. “Megan’s hit song and phrase ‘Hot Girl Summer’ was what drew us to her, the fact that she has been blowing up the charts and winning awards left and right. We knew we had to grab her before she blew out of our budget.”

Pete debuted at No. 1 on the Rolling Stone 100 chart as first female collaboration and won “Best Power Anthem” at MTV’s Video Music Awards in August. 

Pete is also a very relatable artist, Helka said, adding, she is a college student and has been doing online courses while touring as a rap artist.

The concert also features Sascha, a Marquette based pop singer, after Dustin Howard, the show opener. However, the songs performed during the main act remain a mystery.

“We don’t know her setlist, and we won’t until the day of the show,” Helka said, “Usually when we bring artists they will generally do their most popular songs.”

However, it is a given that Megan Thee Stallion will be performing “Hot Girl Summer,” as well as songs from her newest album, “Fever.”

“We booked her over the summer, back in Late July if I remember correctly. Our agent reached out with her name, and after doing a quick look at her music, and her social media, we realized she was someone we needed to book,” Helka said.

Tickets will be $35 in advance for general public and $25 for students, and the price will go up to $40 for general and $30 for students on the day of the concert.

Potential concert-goers should be advised that the concert will include mature content.

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