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Spring Concert Performer: Girl Talk

It’s that time of year again: Merrimack has officially revealed the act for the spring concert coming in up April. Two weekends ago, on Friday, Feb. 3, the college hired the band Time Flies to perform in the MPR gym as it announced that Girl Talk would be this year’s headline spring act.

The concert will be Friday, April 27, in Volpe Arena, with tickets initially $5, now $10, and due to rise to $15 before they sell out. Which raises the question for some students: Will the concert sell out?

Girl Talk — the DJ Gregg Michael Gillis, who specializes in remixing and mashing up songs to create new dance vibes — follows 2011’s Ludacris as Merrimack’s spring concert act. The Ludracris concert raised student expectations, and Girl Talk was not was widely known when it was announced.

But some students seemed excited by the decision.

“Instead of getting just one artist, it’s going to be like having 12 artists perform at once,” said Samantha Sanchez.

Girl Talk’s remixes are pulled from parts of other artists’ songs with a techno/rave beat as the background. “Every song is different and you never know what to expect next, which will keep everybody interested,” said  Rachel Sullivan.

He has won recognition for his music from Rolling Stone and Time magazine.

Not everyone is a fan. Because Girl Talk samples music from other artists to create his own work, The New York Times Magazine in 2008 called his five albums “a lawsuit waiting to happen.” He is also known for stripping during his performances.



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