Jason Derulo and Bishop Briggs to play at Pantherfest 2016

Get ready to wiggle. Jason Derulo will headline Pantherfest 2016 on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Marcus Amphitheater. Bishop Briggs will open the show.

Bringing R&B and hip-hop influences to the pop genre, Derulo is known for hits including “Wiggle,” “Trumpets” and “Want to Want Me.” The 26-year-old has sold more than 50 million singles worldwide and racked up over two billion views on YouTube and one billion plays on Spotify.

Indie pop artist Bishop Briggs will open the show. The British-born musician began writing music at age 7. Her hit single “River” is getting lots of airplay on radio this summer.

Prior to the 7 p.m. concert, students are invited to attend the Panther Street Festival, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the UWM Fountain Courtyard near Curtin Hall and Golda Meir Library. This free event will have activities including inflatables, henna tattoo artists, caricature artists and lawn games. Music will be provided by a DJ, and food will be provided by local restaurants.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., students may board shuttles from the Panther Street Festival to the Marcus Amphitheater on the grounds of Summerfest. Shuttles will also provide transportation back to campus after the concert.

Pantherfest festivities will open with live music provided by Milwaukee electronic duo Antics.

Pantherfest and Panther Street Festival are planned and run by UWM students. The Pantherfest Working Group began its work in April, continuing throughout the summer. Students worked in task groups on marketing, event support, Street Fest, artist selection and patron experience to make UWM’s biggest event of the year come to life.

“Pantherfest is planned by a group of students who are passionate about both UWM and music,” Working Group student co-chair Taylor Halvorsen said. “The students on the artist selection group analyze survey feedback from students and narrow it down based on availability and budget, make offers to artists and hope that they’ll be accepted. The student planners do what they can to get the best artists for UWM, but when it comes down to it, it depends on whether or not the artists will accept our offers. Overall, students make this whole event happen with their hard work and dedication to Pantherfest and to UWM.”

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