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Hippo Campus, Danny Brown bring a unique genre-mix to annual spring concert

March 29, 2023
<p>Hippo Campus performs a memorable spring concert to a crowd of fans and students at the Breslin on Mar. 28, 2023.</p>

Hippo Campus performs a memorable spring concert to a crowd of fans and students at the Breslin on Mar. 28, 2023.

A unique blend of music genres was brought to the Breslin Center Tuesday night with a performance by indie-rock band Hippo Campus and singer, songwriter and rapper Danny Brown. 

The performance was put on in collaboration by the University Activities Board (UAB), ImpactFM and the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) for the annual spring concert at MSU.

The spring concert had “great ticket sales” and that the show had a “good turnout," as the two different genres attracted more people to show, political theory and constitutional democracy junior Brandi Stover said.  

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“The opener was a very different vibe from the main act, but I think that it attracted more people,” Stover said. “It just made it more of an enjoyable experience to learn new music and meet new people.” 

While the contrast in genres might have brought more people to the show, some audience members were surprised by the two different sounds — like marketing sophomore Jenna Hemmes, who said Brown's music was a "lot more heavy" than Hippo Campus's discography. 

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Applied software engineering sophomore Numa Arif hadn't listened to the artists before the show, but she thought the concert was an enjoyable experience.

“I'm not a Hippo Campus fan, I didn't really listen to their songs before the concert, but the crowd was really great,” Arif said. “Of course, the friends that I went with are also really fun. I feel like it was a great, fun time without having to know all the songs and be a fan of it.” 

Seeing Hippo Campus perform was a “nice break from life” for the audience, Hemmes said. 

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