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Aminé and Ari Lennox headline OwlFest

For $10, students got to see Billboard-charting artists perform at the homecoming concert this year.

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Aminé and Ari Lennox headline OwlFest

(L-R) Dreezy, Ari Lennox, and Aminé peforming at OwlFest, Thursday night. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio

(L-R) Dreezy, Ari Lennox, and Aminé peforming at OwlFest, Thursday night. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio

(L-R) Dreezy, Ari Lennox, and Aminé peforming at OwlFest, Thursday night. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio

(L-R) Dreezy, Ari Lennox, and Aminé peforming at OwlFest, Thursday night. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio

Regina Holloway, Contributing Writer

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Standing shoulder to shoulder, nearly a thousand voices belted out songs from Aminé, Ari Lennox, and Dreezy at Owlfest on Thursday night, as one of the final events of Homecoming Week. 

Doors opened at 7 p.m. and a line formed outside the Student Union before students could make their way to their seats in the Barry Kaye Auditorium. As the stagehands set up the instruments and equipment, DJ Redwood energized the crowd before the artists came out.

With Aminé and Ari Lennox as the duo-headliners, tickets were $10 for students. A significant price decrease from last year’s concert that charged $21. 

The show began with Hip-hop rapper and singer Dreezy making a grand entrance.

Singer Dreezy. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio.

Her purple sequined jacket and matching boot created sparkles under the spotlight and in the audience’s eyes. With her backup dancers at her side, Dreezy blew through songs like “Body”, “Spazz”, and new single “Love Someone” with practiced ease. 

Dreezy’s performance broke out the beach balls that stayed floating above heads the whole night. Dollar bills with her face also rained down on the audience as she finished her set and picked out FAU student Ibukun Adeagbo to dance with her on stage.

Next out was R&B singer Ari Lennox, dressed in head-to-toe denim, who transitioned the night with her soft R&B exposition. Before her song ‘New Apartment’, she asked the crowd, “Y’all live with roommates?… so if y’all don’t live with roommates, do you have your own apartment?” 

Singer Ari Lennox. Photography by Photo Editor Alex Liscio.

Lennox personified her music on stage, swaying to the slowed-down tempo of her songs. 

Before headliner Aminé finally debuted, the crowd began to feel the restlessness of the night. Students murmured “this is clickbait,” while waiting for the rapper. Taking advantage of the climax of the night, a series of videos remixing his songs hyped the audience before the start of his set. 

He came out on stage wearing a neon yellow shirt, drawing all eyes on him and performed a collection of his hit songs like Reel it In, Caroline, and Spice Girl.

Rapper Aminé. Photography by Alex Liscio.

Aminé left the audience with a message, saying “I like to make the crowd feel sexy. So when I say ‘You’re Beautiful’ you say ‘I know.’” He ended the night with the whole crowd cheering “I know.”

Regina Holloway is a contributing writer of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected]

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