Concert for Valor Playlist

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The Concert for Valor is this Tuesday at 7 p.m. and it’s FREE. The National Mall will undoubtedly be packed with thousands of fans screaming for such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Jessie J, Rihanna, Zac Brown Band and The Black Keys.

I could make a top 10 playlist for each of these phenomenal bands and singers, but here are a few songs to get you started as you prepare for the music event of the semester:

Price Tag – Jessie J 
This song was featured on Pitch Perfect, so it’s an automatic classic.

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
This 2005 song is a huge throwback that evokes memories of campfires, sleepovers, field trips, cool beer, good friends and an antiquated machine called a “radio.” It also features a shout out to veterans.

Little Black Submarines – The Black Keys 
This song is perfect for everything: pump up playlist, car ride, wake up, sing-along. It is the most versatile and most auditor-aly pleasing song on earth.

The Monster – Eminem and Rihanna
This powerhouse duo absolutely slayed on the Monster Tour, so it would be a sin for them not to perform together on Tuesday night.

Enter Sandman – Metallica 
This song kind of creeps me out but will be unreal if they perform it Tuesday night.

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
This might be the one sure-thing song that might actually be about Veterans. The lyrics are pretty sad but luckily the chorus is a blast to sing along with.

Love the Way You Lie – Eminem and Rihanna 
They’re both going to be there so why not? Rihanna’s duet with Eminem will be almost as good as the one with Shy Ronnie on “SNL.”

Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson 
She’s such a babe and this song is great.

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood 
This was everyone’s favorite break up song when we were eight, and now that many of us have experienced real break-ups the lyrics are even more fun to belt out in public.

Best of You – Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl)
For those of you who are not familiar with rock culture, Dave Grohl was the drummer of Nirvana before he became the lead singer for the Foo Fighters. So this song is a definite jam.

Because Tuesday is a holiday many people will not have work or school, so the National Mall will probably be packed by the 7 p.m. start time. We recommend arriving early. Learn more about the concert here. Happy Veterans Day and enjoy the music!

What We Hope to See at The Concert for Valor

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Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks. What do these three big-time celebrities have in common? They, along with a long list of other celebrities and performing artists, will be on the Mall on Nov. 11 for the Concert for Valor. I will certainly be in attendance for this incredible (and FREE) concert, and there are a few things that I really hope to see.

Old School Rihanna

While Rihanna has come out with some big hits in recent years, nothing would make me happier than to hear her belt out “Pon De Replay” in front of a massive crowd on the Mall. “SOS” or “Umbrella” would also be acceptable.

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles

Jamie Foxx first pulled out his spot-on impression while playing Ray Charles in the movie “Ray.” Later, in a performance probably better-known by our generation, Foxx used his impression for the hook of Kanye West’s hit “Gold Digger.” I don’t necessarily need Kanye to make a guest appearance, but I really hope Jamie Foxx tickles the ivories for us.

Zac Brown Band and Bruce Springsteen Performing Together

This one is probably the request on my list with the best chance of coming true. Zac Brown Band put on by far the best concert I’ve ever seen, and Bruce is a musician I’ve always wanted to see live. Naturally, seeing them play together would be awesome.

Jack Black Reprise His Role as Dewey Finn

Jack Black is one of the various celebrities that will be in attendance, but I don’t believe he is scheduled to perform. However, he did famously play a struggling musician in “School of Rock”, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. Seeing Jack Black play a “School of Rock” song live would definitely help me deal with my case of Stickittodamaneosis. (If you didn’t get any of these references, I suggest you find yourself a copy of “School of Rock.”)

An Eminem vs. Tom Hanks Rap Battle

As unlikely as this scenario is, how awesome would that be? Eminem, harkening back to his Detroit rap-battle roots. Tom Hanks, being Tom Hanks. I’d love to see it. (Side note: I’d also be OK with Eminem rapping “Lose Yourself”, and the entire crowd going bananas.)

Sure, the Concert for Valor will be phenomenal even if none of these things happen. And yes, they are all incredibly unlikely. But I can dream, can’t I?

Photos: hbo.com, jazztimes.com, Tumblr

Best Bets: A Wiz and A Boss

It’s the last weekend before many of us leave campus for Easter break so Best Bets is here to make sure that you find something exciting to do with yourself  before heading home.

Friday:
Go to the Spring Concert with Wiz Khalifa featuring DJ Earworm tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. You don’t even have to leave campus – just walk right over to McDonough Gym. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there will be approximately 300 tickets available at the door ($25 for GU Students with a GoCard, $40 for Non-Students without GoCard). Even if you are one of the many who only know the lyrics to his well-known song, “Black and Yellow,” it is sure to be an awesome time.

Saturday:
If you are planning on seeing the beautiful Cherry Blossoms this weekend, make sure to check out the Blossom Kite Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kite enthusiasts compete to win awards in a variety of categories, and top prizes include the Theme Award, People’s Choice, Family Trophy and Highest Overall Score. The event takes places on the grounds of the Washington Monument so the most convenient Metro stations would be the Smithsonian or the Federal Triangle. If the weather’s nice, try Capital Bikeshare.

Sunday:
This Sunday Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be playing at the Verizon Center, one more stop on the band’s spring U.S. tour to promote the their new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was released on March 6. The concert starts at 7:30pm, and, although tickets are officially sold out, check out sites like StubHub, TicketLiquidator and Craigslist. They might be pricey, but you do what you have to when the Boss is in town.

Photo: aquariumdrunkard.com

Fun fact about the photo featured here: it’s from when Springsteen played Gaston Hall back in March of 1974 – you can check out a recording here.