Block Party 2019 will feature Khalid, Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats
Khalid to headline Block Party 2019
University Union announced Tuesday that R&B and pop singer Khalid Donnel Robinson, known as Khalid, will headline the 2019 Block Party. Khalid recently announced his biggest UK and European tour following the Friday release of his second album, “Free Spirit.” Khalid rose to fame after his single, “Location,” peaked the charts in 2016 and his first album, “American Teen,” was released in 2017. A duet recorded with singer Normani for the movie “Love, Simon” reached the number 10 spot on the “Billboard Hot 100” last year.
Also performing at this year’s event is rapper and record producer Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly, known as Rico Nasty. After an early start releasing mixed tapes “Summers Eve,” “The Rico Story” and “Sugar Trap” while in and shortly after graduating high school, she gained traction with single “Poppin” garnering five million views on Youtube. In 2017, Rolling Stone named her album “Sugar Trap 2” as one of the best rap albums of the year, and in June of 2018 she signed with Atlantic Records.
Kenneth Blume III, better known by his producer tag “Kenny Beats,” has dabbled his fair share in EDM and hip-hop. But in the past year, Kenny Beats has positioned himself as one of the newest and most promising producers in the rap world. The 27-year-old’s recent work includes PEGMAFIA’s “Puff Daddy” single, Kelly Price Freestyle, Vince Staples’ FM! Mixtape, and Rico Nasty’s Roof.
The 2019 Block Party is slated for Friday, April 26. Student pre-sale tickets will be available on MyCuse from Wednesday, April 10 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, April 14 at 11:45 p.m. And SU/ESF ID is required for pre-sale purchases, with a max of two tickets per ID. Tickets are available for public sale Monday, April 15 at 12 p.m. on Ticketmaster. Student tickets are $25 for general admission floor tickets and $20 for first, second and third level seating. General public tickets are $30.