LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Musical artists Musiq, Cee-Lo Green and Goodie Mob will perform at a University of Louisville hip hop/soul concert Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. at Broadbent Arena.

    Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet.

    Philadelphia native Musiq, formerly Musiq Soulchild, is an award-winning artist who has become a leader in hip hop music. He was nominated in seven categories, including Top R&B/Hip Hop Artist, at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards. He also won the award for Best R&B/Soul Single (male) at the Soul Train Awards this spring for his hit “Love.” Musiq will release his second album, “Juslisen,” and its first single, “Halfcrazy,” this spring.

    Cee-Lo, a founding member of the hip-hop group the Goodie Mob and a founding member of the Southern-based musical alliance the Dungeon Family, is credited with helping revitalize the social consciousness in hip-hop. He recently released the single “Closet Freak” off the CD “Cee-Lo Green & His Perfect Imperfections,” which will be released April 23.

    Goodie Mob is perhaps best known for its single “Cell Therapy,” which topped Billboard’s rap chart in 1996. The group has released three albums: “Soul Food,” “Still Standing” and “World Party.”

    Sponsored by U of L and several Belknap Campus student organizations, the concert is part of an initiative to promote diversity at the university. Other sponsoring organizations include the Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, Association of Black Students, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the U of L chapter of the NAACP.

    For more information, contact U of L at (502) 852-5719 or by e-mail at Shantil_2000@yahoo.com.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.