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03-30-2011

Far East Movement to Headline Clarkson University Springfest April 16

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Far East Movement will headline Clarkson University’s Springfest on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena.

Far East MovementThe concert, presented by the Clarkson Union Board (CUB), will also feature special guest Secondhand Serenade, as well as a local opener to be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale at the new Clarkson Student Center Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices are $12 for Clarkson students, $15 for college students, and $20 for all others.  

Tickets are also available at the SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association office, the SUNY Canton information desk, Northern Music & Video in Potsdam, Strawberry Fields Music in Potsdam, or online at http://cub.musictoday.com .

For more information, call 315-268-6400, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Far East Movement lineup features Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman, always rocking stylish shades, skinny ties, shiny blazers and fresh kicks. The guys took the Los Angeles club scene global with numerous world tours, song placements on television and film with a #1 hit song (Girls On The Dance Floor) on Los Angeles radio all before they dropped their debut album, Free Wired, in 2010 on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The subsequent official lead single “Like A G6” is a triple platinum-plus selling song that exploded on radio and sales charts across the world, hitting #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Digital Song chart and iTunes on multiple weeks.

Secondhand Serenade is an American acoustic rock band, led by vocalist and guitarist John Vesely. Vesely has released three studio albums to date under the name Secondhand Serenade: Awake in 2007, A Twist in My Story in 2008 and Hear Me Now in 2010. The debut album used multitrack recording to create the sound of a band using technology, while the second album took a different path, using a proper band and synthesizers to establish a more accomplished sound.

Far East Movement (also known as FM) has bridged the gap between underground party records, mainstream hip-hop and pop music. They take elements of hip-hop, electro, alternative and dance to create an original pop sound and lifestyle they refer to as ‘Free Wired’.

You might already be familiar with Far East Movement’s music unknowingly as they have received placements that are as impressive as artists who have already reached superstar status. “Girls On The Dance Floor” was featured in a major scene in the film ‘Get Him To The Greek’, ‘MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew’ season 4 finale, CBS’ ‘CSI Miami’, and ‘FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.’

Their music has also been heard on television hit shows like ‘Entourage’, ‘Gossip Girl’, ABC Family’s ‘Lincoln Heights’, 2009 Miss America pageant and in the blockbuster film and video game for “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.”

They were also featured performers at both the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Their tours have taken them to Asia, South America, the United Kingdom, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Brazil, Netherlands and all over the United States.

Far East Movement grew up together in downtown Los Angeles. They were influenced by the thriving downtown L.A .scene and a wide array of music from fellow West Coast classics like the Pharcyde and Dr Dre, to the dance music of DJ Tiesto and Daft Punk, to LA rockers like Guns N Roses, Linkin Park and Blink 182.

“A big part of our movement is how we stay connected to the fans ourselves,” says J-Splif. “They’ve demanded our songs on radio and at the clubs, so we’re always are listening and try to give them what they want. We used to go to a club and watch all night just to see how the crowd would react to certain songs the DJ played and soak it in.”

“It's important that we translate to everyone what we’re about on this album,” Kev Nish added. “The idea is for people to feel free to 'geek out' however they feel comfortable and stay wired with us whether partying at the club or home online.”

An early influence came when the group saw Kanye West live and the kind of performance he delivered. “I remember we saw a Kanye show,” Prohgress said. “He threw a towel into the audience and people were fighting for it. We wanted to give that type of energy. It’s always been about that energy and that lifestyle at our shows.”

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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