Mike Posner to headline SUNY Cortland Spring Fling concert

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With finals week looming, what better way for SUNY Cortland students to relax than with a fun-filled day of carnival games and live music?

The annual Spring Fling carnival and concert will take place on Saturday, April 28.

Organized by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and supported by the Student Government Association (SGA), the carnival will feature inflatables, an obstacle course, a mechanical bull, a human foosball game, caricature artists and a barbeque provided by Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC). The event will run from noon until 3 p.m. on Moffett Lawn.

“I did have a lot of help from my executive board, which I’m very grateful for,” said Jessica Sixt, who chairs the SAB Spring Fling carnival committee.

“Everything came together smoothly, and I’m very happy with how it turned out,” said Sixt, an inclusive education major from Franklin Square, N.Y.

The Brighton Boys, a Pittsburgh-based cover band, will perform for students during the carnival, which is free and open to anyone on campus.

Singer-songwriter Mike Posner has been announced as the headlining act for the evening concert. The opening act and details on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later date. Tickets will cost $25 for SUNY Cortland students and $30 for non-students. Posner is known for hit songs such as "Cooler than Me," "Please Don't Go" and "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." He has also written songs for other artists, including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and Labrinth.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. that evening in Park Center Alumni Arena. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The performer is chosen from a survey conducted following winter break that listed students’ top five choices for performers they would like to see this year, according to SAB Music chair, Sonia Devora Vallejo.

“We have a lot of kids who complain about not getting who they want,” said Vallejo, a dual major in anthropology and psychology from the Bronx, N.Y. “But some kids don’t fill out the survey, so most important part is getting them to fill out survey.”

The SAB music committee considers those student picks along with artist availability and whether or not bringing in a particular performer falls within SAB’s budget.

“Because the event was so close to Coachella, a lot of artists didn’t want to make the trip to Cortland, but I think it’s going to be different, and I think people will enjoy coming,” said Vallejo.

For more information about the carnival, contact Sixt. For more information about the Spring Fling concert, contact Vallejo.

Prepared by SUNY Cortland Communications Office intern Hannah Bistocchi