2010-2011 SEASON


with Freddie Gibbs

November 17, 2010 at 8 PM

Page Auditorium

$15 for Duke Students

$25 for College Students

$30 for General Public


Since reaching the Top 40s with his single “King Without a Crown” and going gold with the albums Youth (2006) and Live at Stubbs (2005), Matisyahu has built his reputation as a high-energy performer, often breaking the regularity of his sets with improvisational beatboxing. 

For his latest record, which was produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Sublime, The Strokes), Matisyahu continued to push his creative boundaries.  “As my musical tastes have grown I have been re-discovering my sound and my voice,” said Matisyahu.  And indeed, while most know the Hasidic Jew for his signature dancehall sound and inspirational lyrics, tracks on Light (2009) include elements of pop-rock (“Thunder,” “For You”), acoustic folk (“Silence”), and New Wave (“We Will Walk”).

Complementing Matisyahu’s reggae-infused hip-hop is Freddie Gibbs’s gritty, gangsta rap.  “Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs has one of the best voices in rap, a bruised, guttural growl that radiates toughness but also emotion,” writes Pitchfork’s Tom Breihan.  “And Gibbs knows just how to use it:  accelerating into double-time speed-raps, crooning low-down choruses.” 

Once signed to Interscope Records, Gibbs has regained the attention of fans and bloggers alike by delivering two critically-acclaimed mixtapes:  The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs (2009) and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik (2009).  Gibbs has since been featured in The New Yorker and LA Weekly and named in XXL Magazine’s “10 Freshmen for ’10” – a list that includes J. Cole, Big Sean, and Wiz Khalifa.  Gibbs is set to release his debut album Str8 Killa, No Filla in early 2011.


“If anyone knows the importance of live performance and improvisation, it’s Matisyahu. It’s been more than five years since the beat-boxing Hasidic Jew (born Matthew Paul Miller) released Live at Stubb’s, an album that gave us the undoubtedly catchy Top 40 hit “King Without A Crown.” That album reached #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart and went on to sell over 700,000 copies. Since then, his follow-up Grammy-nominated studio album Youth was immediately certified Gold by the RIAA in 2006 and he even had the honor of opening up for Sting. Not bad for someone who dropped out of high school to follow Phish on tour.”

- Mark Fisher, “Matisyahu LIVE REVIEW.” (2010)


“Rust Belt MC Freddie Gibbs is a rapper's rapper - a deathly serious street-hop sage with little interest in freestyling or hanging out with Weezy... Thanks to two stellar mix-tape releases, Gibbs has become an underground sensation beloved by hip-hop fans and indie rockers alike. Even more impressive, he's done so during a time when gangsta rap has mostly fallen out of favor.”

- Allison Steward, Washington Post. (2010)

“It’s that instinct that helps to make him one of the most compelling hard-core rappers in recent memory. In a genre haunted by studio gangsters, Gibbs’ integrity is unimpeachable. Like all the consecrated gangsta icons — 2Pac, Scarface Biggie — Gibbs sketches the shadowy interplay of light and dark with a sober eye and clouded head, careful neither to glamorize nor exaggerate, and always wrestling with capital-letter issues: blood, dirt, death, etc.”

- Jeff Weiss, LA Weekly. (2009)


Matisyahu’s Official Website

Matisyahu’s Myspace

Matisyahu’s Twitter

Matisyahu’s VEVO

Freddie Gibbs’s Myspace

Freddie Gibb’s Twitter

Freddie Gibb’s YouTube


with Kenny Carr and the Tigers

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances

October 5, 2010 at 8 PM

Page Auditorium

$5 for Duke Students

$26 • $ 23 • $15 for General Public


Started by David Longstreth 2003, the band now includes Amber Coffman and Brian Mcomber, who joined in 2006; Angel Deradoorian, who joined in 2007; Haley Dekle, who joined in 2009; and Nat Baldwin, who joined in 2005, left for a bit and joined again in 2009.

Their album Bitte Orca was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2009.  “A dazzling array of songs that span just about any genre you can name, as well as a few you can’t, because Longstreth has only just invented them.” (Sunday Times UK)  Bitte Orca landed on a number of top 2009 album lists, including ones compiled by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine

Duke Performances on Dirty Projectors:

“Dave Longstreth's genre-melting indie rock ensemble bears the torch for a new kind of all-devouring eclecticism: from sunny '60s harmony-rock and deconstructed afropop to murder ballads, electronica, and chamber music, the Brooklyn group consumes a world of influences and spits them out again, gleaming. The result is a brave new kind of experimental pop, driven by keening harmonies and a clear-eyed ambition to remake music as we know it. David Byrne, another innovator, remarks: this is ‘a quantum leap forwards and sideways at the same time.’”


Dirty Projectors’s Official Website

Dirty Projectors’s Myspace


with 2AM Club

Sponsored by Duke University Union

and Duke Line Monitors

February 4, 2011 at 10 PM




Chiddy Bang is an up-and-coming rap duo from Philadelphia.  Chidera Anamege and Noah Beresin met in 2008 during their freshman year at Drexel University.  They soon began producing songs, sampling from artists such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, and Passion Pit.  Their first commercial single, “Opposite of Adults,” features MGMT’s “Kids.”  Chiddy Bang has since performed at Glastonbury Festival and Lollapalooza and will release its debut album, “The Swelly Life,” in Spring 2011.

Opening for Chiddy Bang is the Los Angeles’ 2AM Club.  2AM Club is a large ensemble with six members in tow: emcee Tyler Cordy, singer Marc Griffin, drummer Ian O’Neill, guitarist Matt Reagan, and bassist Matt Warshauer.  They signed with RCA Records back in 2008 and released their debut album, “What Did You Think was Going to Happen?,” in 2010.  2AM Club is known for its blend of funk, pop, hip-hop and rock.


Chiddy Bang’s Official Website

Chiddy Bang’s Myspace

Chiddy Bang’s Facebook

Chiddy Bang’s Twitter

2AM Club’s Official Website

2AM Club’s Myspace

2AM Club’s Facebook

2AM Club’s Twitter


Established in 1954, Major Attractions is a committee of the Duke University Union, a student-led programming body.  Our purpose is to bring major musical and comedic acts to campus.  As students, we strive to showcase a diverse selection of performers and to produce quality, professional shows.  Major Attractions has been responsible for bringing artists of the caliber of The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and Simon and Garfunkel.

Want to know more? Email Program Director Karen Chen at karen.chen@duke.edu.

March 31, 2011 at 8 PM
Erwin Park, Central Campus

Doors open at 7 PM

$25 for Duke Students
$35 for General Public 
*Tickets will no longer be sold at the door. 

Click HERE for more information.


Hailing from Chicago, Lupe Fiasco is an award-winning rapper, influenced by the likes of Nas and Jay-Z.  He was first signed to Atlantic Records in 2004.  As Fiasco recorded his debut album Food & Liquor, he caught the attention of fellow Chi-town rapper Kanye West and contributed a verse to West’s hit single, “Touch the Sky. 

In 2007, Fiasco released his sophomore album, The Cool.  The single “Superstar” was a commercial success, reaching top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.  Laser is Fiasco latest album.  It was released on March 8 and features “The Show Goes On,” which samples from Modest Mouse’s “Float On.”

Kid Sister is a fellow rap artist based in Chicago.  She began performing in 2005 alongside her brother, who is a part of the DJ duo, Flosstradamus.  In 2007, A-Trak signed Kid Sister to his record label, Fool’s Gold.  She released her first single, “Pro Nails,” featuring Kanye West, with the label.  Her debut album, Ultraviolet, was produced in 2009 by Rusko.

Lupe Fiasco’s Official Website
Lupe Fiasco’s Myspace
Lupe Fiasco’s Facebook
Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter

Kid Sister’s Official Website
Kid Sister’s Myspace