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J.Cole headlines concert to benefit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital April 6

Event organized by new University of Michigan student club, MUSIC Matters

Reposted from MUSIC Matters

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Grammy-nominated “Best New Artist 2012” and hip hop sensation J. Cole will take the stage at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert benefit C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

The charity concert is sponsored by MUSIC Matters and its concert partner, Pike. Tickets are available at MUTO (the Michigan Ticket Office in the basement of the Student Union), online at by phone at 734/763-8587. Tickets are $20-$35.

J. Cole’s first album, Cole World: A Sideline Story, debuted this past September at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. It was the biggest digital album debut from an artist since January, 2010. It has now hit gold and features the platinum single, “Work Out.”

The 24-year-old North Carolina native was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation label. His popular mixtape, The Warm Up, features the song “Lights Please,” which won over Jay-Z immediately.

The J. Cole concert will be the capstone event for MUSIC Matters entire day of festivities on the Diag at the University called SpringFest 2012. Arts organizations, a cappella groups, and dance performances will all be featured along with club’s booths, games, and a “Restaurant Row.” It will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. MUSIC (Michigan Undergrads Serving In the Community) Matters is a newly formed club at the University designed to bring one concert to Michigan per year and donate the proceeds to charity.

“This is MUSIC Matters inaugural year and we wanted to start off with a bang," says MUSIC Matters Founder and President Phillip Schermer.

"We were so lucky to be able to book J. Cole right before he kicks off his amazing College Consciousness Tour. He is going to be everywhere this spring, but he will be in Ann Arbor first. It will be an unforgettable night here, and, hopefully, the start of a new tradition at Michigan,” says Schermer.

"It is our attempt to bring everyone on campus together at one time, for one concert for one act of charity.”

University support has been overwhelming.Sponsors include: Big Ticket Productions, numerous U-M offices including the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Office of University Development, University Musical Society, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the College of Engineering, the Central Student Government, LSA Student Government, the Alumni Association, the Black Student Union, Hyundai Motor America, the Medical School, University Activities Center, CCI, the Center for Global Health, the Center for Educational Outreach, the Ford School of Public Policy, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), the Residence Hall Association, the School of Nursing, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, the School of Art & Design, the School of Dentistry, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the Honors Program, the University Health Service and the Hip Hop Congress.

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