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Gym Class Heroes to headline Shepfest

By Staff | Aug 12, 2011

Gym Class Heroes (submitted)

Alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes will headline this year’s Shepfest event, hosted by Shepherd University’s Program Board, on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the East Campus Midway by Ram Stadium. In addition to music, Shepfest will feature a large waterslide, extreme air trampolines, food, free beverages from PEPSI and more. The event will also feature a performance by Shepherd University’s own rising hip-hop artist, Travis Dupri.

Gym Class Heroes started in upstate New York when lead vocalist Travie McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley decided to join forces and create the band, which has grown in success over the last decade. The band also features Disashi LumumbaKasongo on lead guitar and Eric Roberts on bass.

Gym Class Heroes had taken a break from their nearly non-stop touring after their 2008 release The Quilt. During that time Travie McCoy launched his solo project, “Lazarus” which included the hit song “Billionaire.” This summer the band reunited to headline Vans Warped Tour. The band will release its new album, “The Papercut Chronicles II” this fall.

Opening for Gym Class Heroes will be Shepherd student Travis Dupri. Dupri has been recognized as the “50 Mic Winner” for West Virginia by Source Magazine.

WSHC DJs and hip-hop artists Big T and Web of “Da Southern Boi Hour” will MC the event.

Tickets are required for this event and are available through the Shepherd University Bookstore in the Student Center. Current Shepherd students may pick up one student ticket and one additional guest ticket for free in advance while supplies last. A limited number of $20 public tickets are also available now through 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.

Gates open at 2 p.m. and live music begins at 2:30 pm. Gym Class Heroes will take the stage at 4 p.m.

Please note that Shepfest is an alcohol-free, drug-free event. For tickets, please call the University Bookstore at 304-876-5219.

Shepherd students who wish to volunteer at Shepfest should contact Nicole Tashner at ntasch01@shepherd.edu.

For more information, contact Rachael Meads at rmeads@shepherd.edu.