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Who are the 2023 Brookfest performers?

Bryson Tiller on stage during the Stavernfestivalen music festival in Stavern, Norway on July 9, 2016. Tiller will perform alongside Fivio Foreign and Sevyn Streeter at Brookfest 2023. Tore Sætre/CC BY-SA 4.0

Students will rock out to live performances by three talented artists at this year’s upcoming Brookfest on April 14. Brookfest is an annual spring concert for Stony Brook University students hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). Last year’s Brookfest performers were Gunna, Young M.A and Capella Grey. But before you run to buy tickets, let’s learn a bit more about who is performing.   

Headlining the event is R&B superstar Bryson Tiller. His name has been making waves in the music industry for almost a decade. Hailing from Louisville, Ky., Tiller is a three-time Grammy nominated rapper and songwriter who has risen to fame since the 2014 release of his single “Don’t.” The single accumulated more than 35 million streams and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Tiller went on to release a debut mixtape, “Killer Instinct Vol. 1,” in 2011 and a debut studio album, “Trapsoul,” in 2015, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. His latest album “Anniversary” was released in 2021.  

With his smooth vocals, introspective lyrics and fervent beats, Tiller has captured the hearts of music lovers around the world. His fan base has grown to become one of the most loyal and passionate in the music industry. Tickets for Tiller’s 2023 “Back and I’m Better” tour, his first tour in six years, sold out within minutes of the presale. As of March 30, resale tickets for his New York show are currently priced $333 to $428 each on Ticketmaster. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to his music, there’s no denying that Bryson Tiller is a force to be reckoned with. Performing alongside Tiller are fellow rappers Fivio Foreign and Sevyn Streeter. 

Brooklyn native Fivio Foreign is known for his unique style that blends elements of drill, trap and traditional New York hip-hop. He first gained attention in the underground rap scene with his single “Big Drip,” which quickly went viral in 2020 and helped to establish him as a rising star. Foreign has continued to build a following with a string of successful singles and collaborations, including “Wetty,” “Demons & Goblins” (with fellow Brooklyn rapper King Von) and “Bop It” (featuring Polo G). He has also been featured on songs by popular artists like Lil Tjay and Drake, further expanding his reach and cementing his place in the mainstream rap world.

Last but not least, Floridian Sevyn Streeter is a soulful singer-songwriter who has been praised for her powerful vocals and catchy songs. Streeter started her road to fame at the age of 15 when she was signed to become the first member of the now-inactive girl group TG4. Embarking on her solo career, Streeter released her first single “I Like It” and an extended play, “Call me Crazy, But…” What garnered her R&B popularity and truly launched her to success is her breakout single, featuring Chris Brown, “It Won’t Stop.”

Throughout her career, Streeter built a reputation co-writing songs for artists such as Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and more. Sevyn has also released multiple successful singles and studio albums such as “Girl Disrupted” (2017) and “Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz Deluxe Edition” (2022). Streeter has established herself as a versatile and talented artist, with a loyal following of fans who appreciate her authenticity, talent and positive messages. 

This upcoming Brookfest is not to be missed with performances by these three gifted musicians. Brookfest will be held at Island Federal Arena, and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket information will be available soon from USG.

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Jenna Zaza
Jenna Zaza, Arts & Culture Editor
Jenna Zaza is The Statesman's Arts and Culture Editor. She is a second-year journalism major with a minor in Korean studies and on the fast-track MBA program. When she is not writing, she is probably reading a book with a cup of coffee in hand.
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