T-Pain booked to perform at Granada in March
One of the biggest performances Emporia has ever had is coming to the Granada Theatre on Sunday, March 30.
Singer, songwriter and two-time Grammy award winner T-Pain has booked a show in large part through the efforts of Chad Carson, junior communication major. Carson, also known by his artist name, CMAjoR, is a radio DJ for KISS 103.1 and a local musician.
CMAjoR worked with David Harzman, assistant director of the Granada, to get the show in place.
“This is a lot different than most people we have come here,” Harzman said. “We’ve had a lot of smaller country singers or alternative rock bands and things like that, but never really any popular hip-hop artists.”
CMAjoR is in the lineup for T-pain’s Emporia concert along with another local artist DJ3. CMAjoR has also performed live with Juicy J, 2 Chainz and Snoop Dog.
Getting T-Pain to come to Emporia was not as hard it may seem, CMAjoR said. His promoter told him the artist would be performing in Kansas City. He then posted on Facebook about having T-Pain perform in Emporia to see what people would think and received a large amount of positive feedback.
With that, he reached out to T-Pain’s manager and convinced him to come.
“The music industry is actually kind of small once you start doing shows, so I knew a guy that knew T-Pain’s manager,” CMAjoR said. “He was surprisingly easy to work with. you would think the higher level artists would be divas but I’ve noticed the lower tier ones are much harder to work with.”
This isn’t the first time CMAjoR has performed with famous artists, but it is the first time he approached the artist himself. Normally, they have asked him to open for them.
Within the first day of ticket sales, over 100 were sold – 13.3 percent of the Granada’s 815 seats. CMAjoR said the concert will be filmed as part of a project he is working on called, “Face the Music.”
“I am not sure if it will be an album or a mixtape,” CMAjoR said. “But for part of the project, I am filming a DVD to go with it that is a similar to a reality show to illustrate the ups and downs of a local guy trying to make it.”
Ticket prices are $30, $45, $60 and $120, according emporiagranada.com. The most expensive tickets are VIP tickets that include a meet-and-greet with T-Pain an hour before the show, food, drinks, pictures and an autograph. CMAjoR is in the process of trying to get a student discount for the tickets, but said he isn’t sure yet.
Tickets can be purchased online through emporiagranada.com or at the Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial Street.