ASUW Arts + Entertainment Relaunches Spring Concert for 2022 | Events

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After a successful return to the in-person festivities last fall, ASUW Arts + Entertainment (A+E) is bringing five artists to the Hub Lawn for an evening filled with performances. The full Spring Show lineup includes: JPEGMAFIA, Remi Wolf, Deep Sea Diver, Nathan Nzanga and Ivey x Dimes. The event hasn’t been held in person since 2019, which featured Whethan and SOB x RBE.

“The Arts + Entertainment team is thrilled to bring Spring Show back to celebrate together again as we near the end of the college term,” said A+E Director Spencer Rex. – from top to bottom, the performers span a huge range of tastes and styles, and all possess an otherworldly energy on stage.”

One of this year’s headliners, JPEGMAFIA, is a forward-thinking hip hop artist, rapper and producer who has been recognized as one of the most important names in contemporary rap, as well as one of the leading experimenters of the genre. JPEGMAFIA performed at the Neptune Theater last November during their LP! Tour, after which he released “OFFLINE!” a 5 track EP in February.

Co-headliner Remi Wolf also appeared in Seattle recently, as his bright, youthful personality and zealous performance served as a precursor to Lorde on his April 30 Solar Power tour. Wolf is a pop maverick who has blended lively funk beats with vibrant psychedelic visuals since debuting on American Idol in 2014. Wolf’s recent debut album, “Juno,” shows how she steps outside the realm of traditional pop, interweaving frank discussions of sobriety and addiction with a sunny, dancing soul.

Deep Sea Diver is a Seattle-based pop rock band led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Dobson. Prior to forming the band, Dobson honed his guitar skills playing for artists like Beck, Conor Oberst and The Shins. On their Spotify page, the band describes their latest album ‘Impossible Weight’ as “a work of sublime highs and mesmerizing lows” which came to fruition after Dobson went through a period of self-rediscovery.

They will be preceded by Nathan Nzanga, another Seattle-based band and first-generation Congolese-American and SoulPop storyteller. Nzanga is a member of Prodigy Camp, a local organization that helps young songwriters and filmmakers develop their storytelling skills. Nzanga’s most recent release, “AFRICANA NZANGA EP”, is the first chapter of the fourth installment of his “Welcome to Naytropolis!!!” series. This project – a series of chapter books packaged in an EP format – was recorded in bedrooms and apartments; inspired by his Congolese roots, it’s filled with “larger-than-life choirs and big sounds,” according to an Instagram post by Nzanga.

The event will open with Ivey x Dimes, a DJ duo made up of UW sophomores Henry Gilchrist and Daniel Edmunds. The pair started out as roommates, mixing music in their bedroom from 2020. Since then, they’ve been recording local parties and clubs, hoping to break into the business.

“We’re really trying to get on the Seattle scene, and having that experience under our belt means a lot to us,” Edmunds said.

This event will take place on the Hub Lawn on May 13 at 5 p.m. UW students and staff can attend for free and enjoy music from the highly anticipated Spring Show revival.

Contact writer Caroline Carr at Twitter: @carolinejcarr

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