SUNY Canton will welcome Gym Class Heroes later this spring for one of the North Country’s largest musical performances of the year.
Amp Entertainment and the SUNY Canton Student Activities Office will be presenting the concert, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Field House area of the College’s new Athletic Center. It will be the first large concert to be held in the Roos House. The building was opened in 2011.
“Amp Entertainment has done a wonderful job providing the bands our students want to see,” said Michael J. Perry, SUNY Canton College Association executive director who oversees the Student Activities Office. “Last semester they helped us bring the nationally known band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and local favorites Tyrade to campus for a full evening of non-stop rock. This semester they’re working with us to bring Gym Class Heroes to our largest venue.”
Gym Class Heroes began performing in Geneva, N.Y., in 1997 and is noted for combining elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk. The quartet uses live instruments rather than looped samples. MC Travis “Schleprok” McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during high school gym class, leading to the band’s name. McCoy has said previously their popular music was hard to pin down to one style or genre. “Musically, it’s just all over the place,” he said.
The band has recorded three albums with Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records. Some of their hit songs include Cookie Jar, Cupid’s Chokehold, Stereo Hearts and The Queen and I. Cupid’s Chokehold hit number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and received many plays on the radio and MTV in 2007.
Previously the band has played at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW), Bamboozle, Warped Tour festivals, and the pregame show of the NBA All-Star Game. They’ve worked with other musical artists including Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Daryl Hall.
Tickets are $25 for SUNY Canton students and $35 for the public and are available in advance at the College’s Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, at Josie’s Pizzeria in downtown Canton and at Northern Music and Video in downtown Potsdam. For more information about the concert, please contact 315-386-7315.
Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.