Cornell’s Big Event to feature B.o.B

Excitement is building at Cornell following the announcement that rapper B.o.B will perform on campus for the college’s annual Big Event on Feb. 22.

B.o.BThe concert will take place in the Small Sports Center at 7 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A guest performer will take the stage at the beginning of the show with B.o.B performing around 7:30 or 8 p.m. The singer is well-known for his single “Nothin on You,” which featured Bruno Mars. Among many songs, he has also recorded hit singles “Airplane,” “Magic,” and “Strange Clouds.”   

The event is free for Cornell students, faculty, and staff (and their immediate families) with a Cornell ID. Admission is available to the public at the door for $10. Advance tickets for the public will not be available. 

The annual Big Event is funded by a donation from Richard Williams ’63 and his wife, Marlene. The Williams Fund has been established to bring special events to campus which will stimulate students and enliven the Cornell community. Student Senate co-sponsors the event.

“The Big Event is the greatest entertainment spectacle we have to offer,” said Assistant Director of Residence Life Dan Chou. “When students found out who our artist would be this year, they couldn’t stop smiling because they get to see such a big artist normally seen in larger venues, right here on campus. Our community is grateful to our donors for this opportunity to provide this event year after year.”

A team of college leaders and students collaborate to organize the event, including Student Senate, Performing Arts and Activities Council (PAAC), Greek Council, and KRNL. Several additional students volunteer during the event to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“The Big Event is all about providing something fun for students to do on a cold winter day, without having to travel anywhere,” said PAAC’s Paulina Diaz-Alton. “Each year we create great memories and have a lot of fun while experiencing an amazing performance.”  

2019’s Big Event brought comedian Vanessa Bayer to town, 2017’s Big Event featured national recording artist Daya, and Indie pop band AJR performed for the crowd during the winter of 2018. 

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