Indie, hip-hop and other artists to play benefit show April 11

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By Rebecca Panico | Published March 30, 2017

The Nu Sigma Phi fraternity is getting a little creative this year to raise funds for the Friends of Union Township Animal Shelter.

The fraternity brothers are organizing a benefit show for April 11 in the Miron Student Center’s Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m. It will feature nine artists from indie bands, rap artists, stand up comedy to spoken word.

“The lineup is predominantly Kean students,” said Louis Nicastro, a Nu Sigma Phi brother who helped organize the event. “It’s incredible how much talent we have on our campus.”

Several hip hop artists, including TAR!K of Paragon SquadShawn Crysis and Arte Magnus, are all Kean students. (TAR!K, whose name is Elijah Powell, formerly worked for The Tower.) Adrian Sharp, another hip hop act, will also perform.

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Lunch Ladies, who describe their sound as “jangle dream pop,” will take the stage along with New Brunswick-based indie band Arcways. Paul from the internet — which is a side project of Jean Pool bassist Paul Brushaber– will rock out on his bass too.

The event will also showcase stand up comedy from Justin Williams, who has released films including “Justin Williams: Black and Comfortably Middle-Class” and “Newark: The Comedy.” Kelly Black, a Kean alumna who now runs an organization that showcases local artists, will perform poetry.

This is the fourth annual benefit show Nu Sigma Phi has organized. Last year, the fraternity raised funds for Hometown Heroes, a non-profit organization that led the Restore the Shore Hurricane Sandy relief campaign. The fraternity also raised funds for Special Olympics New Jersey two years ago.

This year, the fraternity decided to help a more local organization.

“I got my dog who I love very much from this shelter and want to give back for all the work they do,” Nicastro said.

The show will be open to the public and admission will cost $5 at the door. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter in Union Township, the event’s Facebook page says.

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