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Aug. 31, 2018

Bazzi to headline Vibin’ in the ’Ville music festival Oct. 20

Updated Sept. 18, 2018

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Bazzi, an R&B-influenced pop singer and songwriter, will headline the Vibin’ in the ’Ville music festival at Northwest on Oct. 20.

Bazzi, an R&B-influenced pop singer and songwriter, will headline the Vibin’ in the ’Ville music festival at Northwest on Oct. 20.

Northwest Missouri State University and its Student Activities Council (SAC) will host a day of music, food and art at College Park – capped with its annual fall concert in Bearcat Arena – on Oct. 20.

SAC announced Thursday that Bazzi, an R&B-influenced pop singer and songwriter, will headline the Vibin’ in the ’Ville music festival.

Tickets are available online or on the Northwest campus in the cashiering office, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, at a cost of $10, for Northwest students and employees. Remaining tickets are available to the public for $20. Tickets purchased on the day of the show increase $5. 

Doors to Bearcat Arena will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

“Bazzi has steadily made a name for himself in 2018, and I thought he would bring a fun, pumped-up, atmosphere as my headliner,” Emily Elliott, a junior communication major from Kansas City, Missouri, who serves as SAC concert director, said.

Bazzi hit the mainstream after finding viral success with his breakthrough single, “Mine.” In addition to building his own audience online, he appeared on Fancy Cars’ 2016 single “Fun.” Influenced by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Bryson Tiller, he released his solo debut single, “Alone,” followed by “Sober,” “Beautiful” and “Got Friends?” But it was “Mine,” with its smooth, breezy sound that landed Bazzi on the Billboard Hot 100 last January.

Vibin’ in the ’Ville will begin at 3 p.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion and feature a lineup of local artists and bands, including Outlaw Creek, a country band from Maryville; ESAI, a Kansas City-based artist performing alternative hip-hip and R&B; A Greater Tomorrow, a St. Joseph rock band; Meta, a Kansas City-raised rap artist; J. Rich, a Kansas City-based hip-hop and R&B artist; and The Rewind, Lincoln Nebraska rock band.

The festival also will feature food trucks, and art produced by Northwest students will be available for purchase. Tickets are not needed for admission to College Park.

“I took the challenge of planning and organizing our first music festival because I thought it was a perfect opportunity to bring some diversity on campus,” Elliott said. “I wanted to make as many students happy, so I made sure to bring at least one performer of every genre to please the majority of people. I wanted to incorporate the food and art aspects because I wanted to bring a little bit of Kansas City’s First Fridays to Maryville, Missouri. Altogether, this music festival has given me the chance to bring together so many different types of people and the community, and that is the overall goal.”

Northwest’s Student Activities Council plans and administers activities for students to contribute to a more well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life on the Northwest campus and its community. For more information about Student Activities Council and its programming, visit or follow SAC on Twitter with @NW_SAC or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468