Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and producer and media personality Ice Cube is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale next month.
He will perform at the SIU Arena at 8 p.m. April 28. Concert tickets officially go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 19. But an online-only presale through the SIU Ticket Office kicks off at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (March 14). Use the promo code "GOODDAY" for early ticket purchases.
Buy tickets online at events.siu.edu. Starting March 19, tickets are also available at (877) 725-8547.
"People on campus and in the community have told me that they want to see major entertainment and cultural events on campus," said SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, the Grateful Dead, Foreigner, Kiss, Aerosmith, the Blue Man Group and other legends have all performed on the SIU campus.
Canadian rapper and singer Drake's first live solo performance took place at SIU, and Peter Gabriel recorded part of his "Plays Live" album here as well.
"We're also confident these efforts will benefit the city of Carbondale and the region through tourism revenue," Montemagno said.
He said that the university relies on community and student support, as well as ticket sales from across the region to make events a success.
Ice Cube, who was born O'Shea Jackson Sr., rose to fame with the hip-hop groups C.I.A. and N.W.A., but his rap and songwriting abilities led to a successful solo career.
Credited as one of the founders of "gangsta rap," he has also starred in numerous films, including "Boyz N The Hood" and "Straight Outta Compton." He has appeared with Elmo on "Sesame Street" and launched the television series "Are We There Yet?"
About the SIU Arena
The SIU Arena was renovated in 2010-2011 and the resulting state-of-the-art facility is home to SIU Athletics sporting events and concerts and performances.
The SIU board of trustees adopted a new alcohol liquor management policy for the university in April 2017 that permits the sale of alcoholic beverages to people who are of legal age at public campus events.
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