Akon Courtesy OSU
In a recent news release, Oregon State University announced the lineup for Dam Jam 2019, headlined by none other than R&B star Akon and pop sensation Jesse McCartney—causing us all to question whether we just accidentally time-traveled back to 2005. The year-end concert will go down May 31 at OSU’s historic Reser Stadium at 8 pm.
The annual concert began as a reggae festival back in 2006, and was later renamed in 2014. Previous bills have seen artists like KYLE, T-Pain, Macklemore, and Portland-bred rapper Aminé.
The upcoming show will mark Akon’s first performance in the Pacific Northwest in years. The R&B/dancehall artist has been focused on his social justice work in other parts of the world, like founding his Akon Lighting Africa project that provides electricity to roughly 600 million people in the region. While us Millenialls know him for viral hits like “Don’t Matter,” “Smack That,” and “I Wanna Love You,” he’s still actively making music. Just last week he released “Get Money,” featuring Anuel AA.
For those who are too old, too young, or otherwise unaware: Jesse McCartney got his start as a member of the early-’00s boyband Dreamstreet, and then went on to have a successful solo career. You’ve probably heard of his radio hit “Beautiful Soul,” from his 2004 album of the same name.
I know what you’re thinking: Do college-aged
girls people even give a shit about Jesse McCartney anymore? I’m not sure. I had one friend who was obsessed with McCartney in high school, but that was over a decade ago. (Side note: Did you know that McCartney voiced Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and all its sequels? Well yeah, he totally did that!) More recently, the singer has been dropping catchy singles like “Wasted,” and “Better than You.”
While I can’t earnestly recommend a visit to Corvallis, for OSU students and those who live in the area, it’ll be a rare opportunity to experience some seriously nostalgic live music. Student tickets are available on campus for $15; general public tickets are $35 and available online.