LEE COUNTY — Florida Gulf Coast University announced Friday that the headliner for this year’s EaglePalooza is Jamaican singer Sean Paul.
Paul is known for his hit songs including “We Be Burning,” “Temperature” and “Gimme the Light.”
Performer Mims, best known for his song, “This Is Why I’m Hot,” will be the opening act for Paul. Along with Paul and Mims, comedians Roy Wood Jr. and Aries Spears of Mad TV will perform.
The concert at FGCU’s campus recreation fields on November 20th, at 5 p.m. is free for all FGCU students. Unlike last year, when FGCU students were allowed to bring two guests for free but the event was not open to the public, this year the public can come but they’ll have to pay. The concert is still free for students, but all non-students will be charged $15 online or $20 at the gate for tickets.
And the event is not just about the music.
“This year we are going to have more inflatables than we’ve had in the past,” said Tia Freiburger, Campus recreations informal recreation coordinator. “We’re going to have a bull riding inflatable, we’re going to have jousting and there’s this wrecking ball thing were you stand and you have a helmet and you shove this huge wrecking ball at people.”
The event is produced by Florida Gulf Coast Campus Recreation, The Board of Eagle Entertainment and Programming (B.E.E.P) and FGCU Student Government.
Students learned who would be appearing at this year’s EaglePalooza through an anticipated video launch Friday at noon on the FGCU campus recreation live streaming site.
“I’m excited to see Aries Spears, and Mims only for that one song ‘This Is Why I’m Hot,’” said Rob Bender, a senior at FGCU.
Brittany Gonzalez, a junior at FGCU said she’s glad the school is bringing some variety.
“We’ve never had reggae at FGCU, I think its great,” Gonzalez said. “Plus, I love to laugh so any kind of comedian will just make my night.”
Sean Paul is “not that big, but he’s cool,” said Jon Galamay, a junior at FGCU. “Mims is pretty cool too, but I’m curious to hear the other performers and see if they’re any good.”
EaglePalooza also hosts a wide variety of vendors and sponsors including Moes, Jason’s Deli and Pita pit, which are common food hangouts for FGCU students.
“Last year, we had to work really hard to get the vendors and sponsors,” said Freiburger. “But this year out of the 30-something vendors we have, 25 percent found us.”
Last year, the event brought out just over 4,000 students. As the University grows larger, FGCU’s Campus Recreation had to make changes to keep up with a larger student body.
“My hope would be to get around 5,000 people this year, and the more people we have the more security you need,” said Freiburger.
Suncoast Security, a private security company has been hired for the event. The University Police and undercover security will also be present.
Paul was not the first choice as a headliner, but Freiburger was satisfied with the end result.
“A couple of the other people we tried to get were actually already booked for other engagements,” said Freiburger. “Which was unfortunate, but also for our benefit because now I’m super happy we have Sean Paul.”
To purchase tickets go to www.fgcu.edu/campusrec.
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