By Michael Walsh
R&B artist Trey Songz has been called upon as the main course of entertainment for this weekend’s homecoming events.
Songz is set to perform Saturday, October 3, in Welte Auditorium at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for students with a valid CCSU ID and $10 for guest tickets, which can be bought at the maximum of two with a valid CCSU ID.
Songz is an accomplished recording artist. The 24-year old has three albums to name already, and has even been nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Can’t Help but Wait” off his 2007 album Trey Day. In addition to his Grammy nomination, Songz has been nominated for a BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist in 2008 and an Ozone Award for Best R&B Artist in 2008.
More recently, the Virginia-born artist released his album Ready. “I Need a Girl,” the first single off the album, reached #59 on the Billboard 100. Songz also collaborated with a number of artists on his latest album, including Drake on the single “Successful”, Fabolous on “Say Aah” and Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy on the album’s third single “LOL Smiley Face,” which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 100. Ready is Songz‘s highest charting album to date, debuting at number three on the Billboard album charts.
The night won’t be solely for fans of R&B, as Connecticut-based band The Smyrk is set to open for Songz. The Smyrk, consisting of Doron Flake, Alex Marans, Ari Sadowitz and Chris Barone, has a few accomplishments to its name as well. In 2007 the band was chosen as one of six of roughly 4000 bands to be part of MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout. The band was also showcased at the 2009 South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
The rest of Homecoming weekend is highlighted by a WFCS Radio Alumni Reunion, where alumni of the campus radio station will be broadcasting all morning long beginning at 9 a.m. The weekend closes out with a car club show from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the student center parking lot.