Brandon Collins/Copy Editor
On Friday, Feb. 9, the WIKD 102.5 FM, the campus’s radio station, hosted their annual Spring Block Party on the West Lawn of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. At the block party, WIKD had various inflatables, cotton candy, freshly made lemonade, bubble soccer, and snow cones for free for everyone in the community.
The party kicked off at noon when WIKD brought out the DJing equipment that they use for their entertainment events on and off-campus. DJs Matty D and Buddo were the foremost DJs during the day, playing various genres from house and EDM to Top 40 and pop. While they DJed, numerous other events were going on around them. Bubble soccer was one of those things, starting at noon and going until 3 p.m., many students came and played with their friends, running around and knocking each other over while trying to kick the ball into the goal.
Around 1:45 p.m., various vendors showed up and started giving out free food and beverages. Alex and Faith, the couple who are in charge of the lemonade stand at multiple on-campus events, showed up around 2 p.m. and started serving at 2:30 p.m., already have a long line of students waiting to get their campus-famous lemonade. Around the same time, the cotton candy vendor showed up and started making both pink vanilla and blue raspberry cotton candy for students and faculty/staff.
Right across from the cotton candy table was the WIKD table, where members of the radio station were passing out pens, buttons, bandanas, and t-shirts all day. Also, at their table, they had interest forms where students could sign-up to join, as well as a liability waiver for those who chose to get on the inflatables. The inflatables they had included an inflatable game of billiards where students would act as a pool cue, a maze/race inflatable where two people would go head-to-head racing to get to the top, as well as a hungry, hungry, hippos where those playing would be attached to a harness and would run to the middle to grab balls to gain points.
At 3 p.m., WIKD started making food that they gave out for free. WIKD brought out a snow cone machine and gave away free snow cones to everyone for the rest of the night. There were four possible options for people to choose from: cherry, grape, blue raspberry, and watermelon. By the end of the night, WIKD was almost out of each flavor. Starting at 4 p.m., WIKD began making hamburgers and hot dogs to give out before the concert opened.
At 8:05 p.m., the concert started when DJ Memi from the WIKD 102.5 FM took the stage. A professional DJ back in New York, Memi was chosen as the opener for the concert due to his background in mixing hip-hop and rap. DJ Memi kept the crowd alive as he played hit after hit, scratching the night away until 9 p.m., when the main act, Bas, came and took the stage.
Coming out on his hit, My N***a Just Made Bail off his album Too High to Riot, Bas, who is currently signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville, and is working on a new album back in Los Angeles, had the crowd singing along all night. Bas and Nitrane rapped other hits of theirs such as Too High to Riot, Clouds Never Get Old, and Night Job. The duo was in sync the entire night, and partying along with the students having a great time. Halfway through the concert, Bas left the stage and went past the security barricade to greet with his fans in the crowd, while Nitrane stayed on stage to take photos while music played in the background. Overall, there were roughly 200-250 attendees at the concert, which is what WIKD expected.
Following the end of the concert, Bas greeted his fans personally on his way back to the green room and showed just how much he cared about his fans. WIKD was able to have a meet and greet with him, where they were able to get their pictures alongside Bas and Nitrane. At the end of the night, everyone walked away with smiles on their faces and great memories.