A behind-the-scenes look at what goes into producing RamFest each year.
R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger and rap artist Chaz French will open for Jhené Aiko at RamFest next week, RamEvents programmers recently announced.
RamFest, RamEvents’ annual large-scale fall event, will take place at Moby Arena this year. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Aug. 24.
A Los Angeles native and grandson of Jackson 5 hit songwriter Bobby Day, Bellinger began his musical journey recording and touring with the R&B group AKNU (A Kind Never Understood). After signing a publishing deal with Sony ATV, Bellinger made contributions to major R&B and pop artists such as Chris Brown (“Fine China”, “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj), Usher (“Let Me See” featuring Rick Ross), Selena Gomez (“Intuition”) and Justin Bieber (“Right Here” featuring Drake), among others.
His music has received awards from ASCAP (“Lemme See”), BMI (“Lemme See”) and iTUNES (“Lemme See,” 2012 Song of the Year), as well as a Grammy (for multiple contributions to Chris Brown’s Fame album, voted Best R&B Album in 2012). In the midst of writing hits for other artists, Bellinger continued to create music for his fans, releasing multiple mixtapes. He is now gearing up to release Eric B. for President (The 1st & 2nd Term), another two-part EP.
Chaz French is a rap artist from Washington, D.C. He released his debut album Happy Belated in 2015, and came out with his second album, These Things Take Time, a year later. His most popular track, “Ready” from his second album, has over 9 million streams on Spotify, followed by “Falcons” by Aquafina, which has over 6 million streams and features French with GoldLink. In 2017, he joined rapper Wale as an opener for a few dates on his U.S. tour, having recorded the track “No Shade” with the rapper the previous year.
Student event programmers from RamEvents, the student programming board of Colorado State University, organize RamFest. RamFest is open to everyone, including the entire Fort Collins community and the Denver metro area, though organizers warn that there may be strong explicit or sexual language during the performance. Tickets to RamFest 2017 are available to CSU students for $10 (limit one per student), $25 for CSU staff/faculty and $35 for others.
CSU students may purchase additional tickets at the rate of $35, should they need more than one ticket or if student-priced tickets sell out. Tickets are available online at http://www.csutix.com/ or on-campus at the Lory Student Center Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Hours are subject to change during the summer session.)
Moby Arena is located at the northwest corner of the CSU campus, just off the intersection of Shields and Plum. Seating for RamFest 2017 in Moby Arena is on a first-come, first-served, general admission basis, and the floor is standing-room only.
For further information regarding the event, parking, will-call and venue policies pertaining to RamFest 2017, visit www.ramevents.colostate.edu. For any additional questions or clarifications, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 491-2727 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
RamEvents is the “for students, by students” programming board of Colorado State University, operating out of the Campus Activities office in the Lory Student Center. As an inclusive programming board, RamEvents aims to meet the needs of CSU’s diverse student community by hosting a wide range of events, including live concerts, recognition for heritage and history months, lectures and comedy shows. Through these programs, such as RamFest, RamEvents seeks to provide CSU students with diverse and affordable events that both entertain and enrich the CSU experience.
RamFest 2016 featured The Head and The Heart, with openers R. City and Coleman Hell. Past performers have included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, B.o.B, Lee Brice, and Nico and Vinz.