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LaVernapalooza drops ‘Magic’ beat

B.o.B performed at the fourth annual LaVernapalooza on May 2 at the Fox Theater in Pomona. The concert was opened by DJ Earworm and Mike Posner. B.o.B’s latest album, “Strange Clouds,” was released last year. / photo by Nicole Ambrose

B.o.B performed at the fourth annual LaVernapalooza on May 2 at the Fox Theater in Pomona. The concert was opened by DJ Earworm and Mike Posner. B.o.B’s latest album, “Strange Clouds,” was released last year. / photo by Nicole Ambrose

Karleigh Neff
Staff Writer

The Fox Theater in Pomona rattled with bass Thursday night as exuberant students and locals jumped to the beats of DJ Earworm, Mike Posner and B.o.B at La Verne’s annual LaVernapalooza.

The crowd entered to thumping upbeat songs played by DJ Earworm.

Around 300 students showed up to the concert, and only a few people were asked to leave because of intoxication, said Associated Students of the University of La Verne President Ava Jahanvash.

“The music was good even when we first got here,” said freshman business major Brayden Capitano. “It’s better than what I was expecting.”

Mike Posner was the perfect opening act for B.o.B with his high energy and musically diverse performance. Posner included live piano playing and rapping.

Posner ended with Justin Bieber’s hit song “Boyfriend,” which he originally wrote.

“Mike Posner was even better than B.o.B,” said junior liberal arts major Brett Stephan. “He is actually a very talented guy, and he was performing well. I’ve always liked him. He just seems genuine.”

B.o.B came out to a full crowd cheering and chanting his name.

Simmons put on a lively show filled with some of his biggest hits such as, “Out of My Mind,” “Airplanes” and “Magic,” which the crowd sang along to.

“The best part was when he jumped into the crowd and attempted to crowd surf,” Stephan said. “He was full of so much energy.”

“I thought they could’ve gotten someone better at first, but I ended up having so much fun and loving it,” said freshman psychology major Amy Escamilla.

ASULV and the Campus Activities Board hosted the event with the help of Director of Student Life Barbara Mulligan and Associate Director of Student Life Angie Anderson.

“We go through an agent,” Jahanvash said. “The agent gives us a list of possible artists we can get for the show who are in our budget, and then he contacts them.”

After two rounds of student voting, they were able to book B.o.B for the concert.

Karleigh Neff can be reached at karleigh.neff@laverne.edu.

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