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Jurassic 5 Selected For Spring Weekend

By Nathan Collins

NEWS EDITOR

Connoisseurs of hip-hop, rejoice. The band Jurassic 5 will headline this year’s Spring Weekend concert in April.

The 2003 Spring Weekend Committee heard Monday that the Los Angeles-based hip hop group would include MIT as part of a college tour, said Shannon E. Turner ’06, a committee co-chair.

The Spring Weekend Committee has not yet made a bid for an opening act, but Turner said that they will likely do so by Wednesday. Turner said she hopes to hear back from a promoter in the next several weeks.

“We want to go with a rock group ... just to balance it out,” Turner said.

Group to get $30,000

Jurassic 5 will be paid $30,000 for performing, a large but typical chunk of Spring Weekend’s $80,000 budget, Turner said. She said she expects an additional $15,000 in ticket sales.

The group’s selection was the culmination of a process that began last December. The committee, which Turner said represented a broad range of musical tastes, met once a week to consider various options.

The committee conducted a survey in order to understand student preferences. “We worked from the survey a lot,” Turner said.

“We had to do stuff quickly” in order to compete with other schools holding similar events near Spring Weekend, Turner said.

After considering tastes and prices -- some bands demand in excess of $100,000 -- the committee settled on Jurassic 5 and forwarded its request to Chris Barber at Pretty Polly Productions, who made arrangements with the band, Turner said.

Weekend has featured stars-to-be

Spring Weekend concerts in the past have featured prominent bands and some bands that would later become superstars.

Aimee Mann’s former band, ’Til Tuesday, played in the Johnson Athletic Center in 1989. Fishbone, Belly, and They Might Be Giants have also played during Spring Weekend, and in 1985 stars-to-be REM performed for MIT.

Past hip-hop acts include Busta Rhymes and The Roots.

Other Spring Weekend events include the annual Alpha Chi Omega Lip Sync contest and the I-Fair, an international food and culture event, Turner said.

Turner said that the committee is considering a wide variety of other events, possibly including a post-concert party and a DJ seminar.

‘Who?’ some students say

“I’ve never heard of them,” said Katie Weiss G, echoing a common reaction.

But some students were more familiar with the group. After hearing the news, Tarik Ward ’03 took a moment to cheer, then said, “That’s a good choice. It’s about time.”

Shervin Fatehi ’04, while more muted than Ward, was pleased. “I’ve never been to a Spring Weekend concert before -- this is one I’d consider going to.”