UF Homecoming and Gator Growl announced Friday headlining artist, Flo Rida, and opener, Olivia O’Brien, will perform at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Oct. 7.
The concert is part of Gator Growl, UF’s 90-year running Homecoming pep rally. This is the second consecutive year Gator Growl will take to the O’Connell Center, with former locations including Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Flavet Field. The 2021 performers included the band Neon Trees and rapper Gunna.
Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Lacel Dillard, has more than 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify. His 2008 single “Low” was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks. He’s also known for his 2012 songs “Whistle” and “Wild Ones” featuring Sia, and his 2015 song “My House.”
Gator Growl’s opener, Olivia O’Brien, is best known as the vocalist on Gnash’s 2016 song “I Hate U, I Love U,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has more than seven million monthly listeners on Spotify.
“We have worked hard to secure our talent, and we are excited to put together a show for our students and alumni,” Gator Growl Executive Producer Jared Weingard wrote in a text message.
Jordan Drew, a 19-year-old UF agricultural operations management sophomore, wrote in a text message she believes SG’s choices for this year’s performances reach and satisfy students’ standards.
“I’m not too familiar with the opening act, but I’m definitely excited to see ‘Apple Bottom Jeans’ live,” she wrote.
Gator Growl tickets go on sale Sept. 1.
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