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A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign and Daniel Caesar brought a diverse mix of genres to this year’s Spring Fest, providing sets consisting of rap, trap and soul that energized Alumni Arena from start to finish.

Trap, rap and soul electrify Spring Fest

With Saturday’s closing set, the self-proclaimed “trap lord,” A$AP Ferg, wasted no time jumping into his opener “Trap and a Dream.” He rushed the stage as soon as his verse began. Ferg headlined this year’s Student Association Spring Fest alongside West Coast rapper Ty Dolla $ign and opener Daniel Caesar.

A$AP Ferg’s “Still Striving” offers some massive trap cuts and is a must listen for Spring Fest attendees.

Don’t forget the lyrics

We’ve all been there: walking into a concert, thinking you know what you’re about to hear and suddenly getting hit with the deepest album cut of all time. Well, have no fear for Spring Fest.

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Spring Fest to be held in Alumni Arena

Spring Fest 2018 will take place Saturday in Alumni Arena. SA Events sent an email to Spring Fest ticket holders Sunday afternoon, which stated the May 5 event will happen inside Alumni Arena due to “low temperatures” and “poor field conditions.”

From television to Broadway, Alan Zweibel is a prolific figure in the comedy world who has made waves across every medium. From his time at UB in the 70’s, Zweibel found his niche taking a comedic approach to tumultuous time that would take him on a path of continued success in the entertainment world.

Finding a voice in Buffalo: Alan Zweibel’s journey from UB to 'SNL'

Alan Zweibel went from being a South Campus resident advisor to an Emmy Award winner. After growing up on Long Island, Zweibel attended Buffalo State College and transferred to UB in 1969 for the rest of his college career. As a resident advisor at UB’s Tower Hall on South Campus, Zweibel found his niche as a comedy writer in his time as an undergraduate.

Bill Bruford, former drummer of Yes and King Crimson, spoke at Baird Hall on Monday about his new book “Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer.”

Bill Bruford takes on creativity behind the drums

From Bill Bruford’s perspective, the drums are everything. Whether it is touring as a member of Yes, Genesis and King Crimson, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has drummed around the world over a 40-year career. More recently, Bruford has tested the waters of academia.

A CD-quality version Frank Ocean’s “Endless” finally hit the Internet on April 9 after physical copies shipped. The high-quality audio shines a light on one of Ocean’s most personal works and gives it new meaning.

‘Endless’ journey of perfection for Frank Ocean

The word "perfection" is corny. Nothing is truly perfect – especially art. Everything comes with its faults. I tried to find fault with the recently-surfaced CD-quality version of Frank Ocean’s “Endless.” I listened from a critic’s perspective several times over. I removed my personal feelings for Ocean’s craft and just listened as if it meant nothing to me. And I’ve come to a conclusion.

The Weeknd’s latest release “My Dear Melancholy,” is a return to his roots and exploitation of his emotions.

The Weeknd gives R&B the time of day again

Album: “My Dear Melancholy,” Artist: The Weeknd Label: XO Release Date: March 30 Grade: A- When The Weeknd rose to underground fame in 2010, much of his appeal revolved around mystery. The singer, also known as legal name Abel Tesfaye, uploaded to tracks to YouTube under his stage name, absent of any information about his identity.


The grapevine

With winter weather sticking around through April, stepping out can be difficult. As we approach the end of the semester and finals, The Spectrum compiled a list of events and shows across campus and throughout Buffalo to get you out and moving this April. The Zodiaque Dance Company Spring Program Thursday, April 5 - Sunday, April 8 In its 44th season, the Zodiaque Dance Company will take the stage at the Center for the Arts April 5 through April 8.

Stand-up comedian and former SNL writer and cast member Colin Quinn spoke with The Spectrum in promotion of his “One in Every Crowd” stand-up tour, the comedians first in seven years.

From 'SNL' to Broadway: A conversation with Colin Quinn

Behind and in front of the camera, Colin Quinn finds resonance in all forms of comedy. Whether it’s starring in one-man shows on Broadway directed by friend and fellow comic Jerry Seinfeld or his tenure as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” the comedian brings experience and influence that have helped span a 30-year career. Quinn spoke with The Spectrum about his “One in Every Crowd” stand-up tour, experiences working the comedy circuit and his upcoming shows at Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club on April 26-28.

SNL Ron Funches appeared with comedians Anna Drezen and Alex Moffat as part of SA's Comedy Series Friday night. 

Funches brings the punchlines

When Ron Funches hit the Center for the Arts stage Friday night, it only took him a few moments to make the crowd erupt with laughter. The comedian claimed he thought the movie “Hidden Figures” was based off his love for women in winter coats, yet he said he was disappointed when he found out it was “just a bunch of b----s doing math.” The punchline caused the largest laughter of the Student Association’s 2018 Comedy Series, with one audience member laughing for an entire minute. The 6 p.m.

The Spectrum sat down with SNL writer Anna Drezen Friday night in between SA's Comedy Series shows.

Q&A with SNL writer Anna Drezen

SNL writer Anna Drezen appreciates being called “funny,” but the former blogger turned SNL writer deserves distinction. Drezen started the blog “How May We Hate You?” about her time as a hotel concierge and leveraged its success into a book and television sitcom pilot in development by ABC. She writes for popular television show “Saturday Night Live” and is the editor-at-large for the satirical feminist website, Reductress.

With rappers A$AP Ferg and Ty Dolla $ign as well as singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar, Spring Fest 2018 has a mix of genres. Students gave their opinions of the line up when asked by The Spectrum, and spoke towards their overall feelings about the concert this coming May.

Spring Fest exemplifies a diverse mix of genres

From opener Daniel Caesar to headliners A$AP Ferg and Ty Dolla $ign, Spring Fest features a mix of R&B and hip-hop on May 5. Undergraduates shared their opinions concerning this year’s Spring Fest lineup with The Spectrum.

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