Hawkapalooza Set To Kick Off Fall Season

Aug. 11, 2009

IOWA CITY – The Hawks Nest and SCOPE Productions proudly present Grammy award-winning artist Lupe Fiasco at the first annual Hawkapalooza. The kicksoff event begins with a pep rally at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Hubbard Park on the University of Iowa campus and ends with a free concert by Lupe Fiasco.

The pep rally will be hosted by the “Voice of the Hawkeyes,” Gary Dolphin. Other confirmed special guests include: Gary Barta, UI Athletics Director, and Ed Podolak, Iowa radio announcer and former Hawkeye football standout and NFL player. Each Hawkeye athletic team that begins their competitive season during the fall semester has been invited to participate. Coaches and key athletes will be introduced and asked to preview their respective upcoming seasons. Food and drink, provided by local venders like Pancheros, Monster Energy, and Milios, will be given away to UI students who arrive early.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Lupe Fiasco, a hip-hop artist characterized by dazzling lyricism and beats backed by a wide-range of instrumentation, has been praised by critics as a savior to his genre. Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Lupe Fiasco delivered his first show-stopping verse with another Chicago native, Kayne West, in West’s hit single “Touch the Sky”. The interest sparked by this song fronted his first official hit single “Kick Push” off of his debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor.

Lupe landed a remarkable three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song for “Kick Push.” He also won the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with Jill Scott for their song, “Daydreamin”. Lupe returned with a second album Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool including the hits “Superstar” and “Paris, Tokyo”, and received another four Grammy nominations. His latest hit “Shining Down”, from future release Lasers, is rapidly climbing the charts.

The event is open to the public at no charge. All UI students are encouraged to attend. Hawks Nest members will be given priority seating. To become a member of the Hawks Nest, e-mail your name and student ID number to: studorg-scoa@uiowa.edu. Only UI students will be eligible for free food, prizes or raffles and must show their UI student ID card to claim. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to call (319) 335-3041 for special seating accommodations. For press inquiries, as well as additional information regarding the Hawks Nest and the pep rally, please visit www.hawkapalooza.com.