Migos trio ends 2016 SpringFest with Hill Auditorium concert

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:44am

Hip-hop rap trio Migos finished off SpringFest to an enthusiastic student response at the University of Michigan in Hill Auditorium Wednesday night. The Atlanta-based rap trio — which is composed of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — entertained the large crowd with some of their chart-topping hits including “Freak No More” and “Fight Night.”

Donned in Michigan jerseys, Migos delivered a high-energy performance, at times jumping into the main floor to dance with audience members and throwing water into the crowd. The trio also brought Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, as well as members of the Michigan football team onto the stage, who all dabbed while Migos perform their hit single “Look at my Dab.”

In an interview with the Daily after the concert, Quavo said the group has a deep respect for the University of Michigan, and appreciates always being welcome to campus with open arms.

The group previously took the stage with Harbaugh at the “Signing of the Stars” event in March where they also dabbed with former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

“Y’all have supported us since day one,” Quavo said. “I just like the way you all construct things, and your whole program, I respect it a lot. We’re loyal people, so if you rock with us, we’ll rock with y’all.”

Hosted by MUSIC Matters, the group’s performance came after a day-long series of activities for SpringFest, stretching from the Diag to North University. In collaboration with several other organizations at the University, SpringFest featured interactive booths, a fashion show, live performances and other activities.

Business junior Kaitlin Smith, who attended the concert, said she thought SpringFest was an overall a success.

“I think it went really well this year,” she said. “Everyone who participated this year was really really phenomenal.”

As a part of MUSIC Matters’ mission, proceeds from the Migos’ performance will be used toward a Detroit summer youth camp set to launch this summer. During the camp, which will be hosted at the University, Detroit high school students will participate in workshops, class sessions and other activities aimed at inspiring participants to pursue higher education in the future.

Takeoff told the Daily he thought giving back to the community was very important in inspiring more hope in at-risk communities.

“It’s positive to give back to the community with the things that are going on, and to let them know that there is still hope,” he said.

In addition to planning the summer youth camp, MUSIC Matters also bussed 150 Detroit high school students to the University Wednesday so they could participate in the day’s events.

Smith said she thinks interacting with Detroit students furthers MUSIC Matters’ mission, and gives their organization the opportunity to learn about different communities.

“When we interact with these schools in Detroit, it not only kind of helps in communicating the importance of education to them, but it also teaches us about the people that live very close to us and people that live different lifestyles,” she said.

Overall, students in attendance said they appreciated Migos’ enthusiasm throughout the performance and their continuous interactions with the crowd. In an interview after the show, LSA junior Drew Merrill said he thought the group brought high energy to the stage.  

“It exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I wish they stuck around a little while longer.”

LSA junior Eman Jacksi said she thought the concert was a nice break from the stress of finals, which members of Migos mentioned during their performance.  

“It was awesome,” Jacksi said. “It was definitely a good break from writing papers and a great time.”