Steve Aoki to bring energetic, interactive performance to GV

Courtesy / State News / Khoa Nguyen
Steve Aoki pumps up the crowd Oct. 10, 2013 at Breslin Center at Michigan State University

Courtesy / State News / Khoa Nguyen Steve Aoki pumps up the crowd Oct. 10, 2013 at Breslin Center at Michigan State University

Kari Norton

He’s remixed several top artists and bands, performed at festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella, and tonight electronic artist Steve Aoki will be taking the stage at Grand Valley State University for the Homecoming concert.

Spotlight Productions’ Music Chairman Carter Long and Vice President of Marketing Corey Orvis have worked to make this concert all about the experience.

“It’s different in terms of participation. You’re expected to be actively involved with the concert,” Orvis said. “This type of music, and (Aoki), interact with the crowd—they feed off each other’s energy. We hope that type of relationship (crowd and artist) will lend itself to a great show and an unforgettable Homecoming concert experience for all that attend.”

Aoki’s concert promises to be both energetic and interactive. The atmosphere of the event will be lively, and the crowd will be able to be a part of the music rather than just watch it, Long said.

“One of the big highlights for Aoki’s concert will be the props that will be used,” he added. “I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be things for the beach as well as things for raves.”

In the past, Spotlight has brought performers from various genres, including Mayday Parade, The Maine, Jason Derulo and Mike Posner.

“I am really looking forward to doing something that has not been done at GVSU before,” Long said. “We have had good Homecoming concerts in the past, but (Aoki) will be a whole different party.”

Orvis said one of the highlights for him has been seeing many students respond positively to Aoki coming to GVSU.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s Homecoming concert being successful with the students (and anyone else that attends) because that’s our main goal,” Orvis said. “If they love it, then we’ve done our jobs.”

Spotlight is expecting this year’s concert to be a good time for all students, even people who are not interested in Aoki’s music, Long said. “Even if you are not a fan of techno, this concert will be one that will have everyone moving and pumped up,” he said.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

All photography, videography and recording is prohibited and can result in removal from the event. For more information about the concert and items that are not allowed, go to