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Hip-hop concert at La Roche paired with benefit food-truck rally

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Courtesy of Jon Kilmer
Hip-hop artist Mike Stud will perform at La Roche College on April 23, 2014.

Events this month at La Roche College in McCandless will feature live music and food trucks — all for entertainment and a good cause.

The La Roche College Activities Forum on April 23 will host a concert featuring hip-hop artist Mike Stud of Los Angeles. Before the performance, North Hills Community Outreach will hold a “Rally to Fill Backpacks and Bellies” featuring food trucks and opportunities to donate new backpacks, school supplies and snacks for students from needy families.

Both events are open to the public and will be held at the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center on the campus at 9000 Babcock Blvd.

Students rank concerts at the top of their list when asked what kind of events they want on campus, said David Day, assistant dean of students and director of student development at La Roche.

“But it's difficult to find a good act for an affordable price that the students want to see,” said Day, 37, of Shaler Township.

“Students are excited about this concert. Our students wanted (Mike Stud). He's popular with them right now.”

Stud, 25, began singing hip-hop as a joke in 2010.

Michael Francis Seander Jr. — now known by his stage name, Mike Stud — was a closer for the Duke University Blue Devils baseball team when he tore a ligament that required reconstructive surgery to his pitching arm.

During the rehabilitation process, he passed the time by making a hip-hop video called “College Humor” as a joke for his baseball teammates. He went on to record mix tapes, as well as an album, titled “Relief,” in 2013.

He currently is working on a new album.

“My goal is to make it a fun atmosphere. If the people in the audience are having a good time, I've met my goal,” Stud said.

Before the 8 p.m. concert, North Hills Community Outreach will hold a rally on the campus to benefit its Back-to-School Program, which provides school supplies and food to students who need the extra help.

An assortment of food trucks will offer burgers, tacos, pierogies, Japanese hibachi and sushi rolls, and more from 3 to 7:30 p.m. outside the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Back-to-School Program.

People who attend can drop off new backpacks and school supplies, as well as nonperishable food items. The group needs notebooks, paper, pencils, scissors, pens, said Patti Ferraro, the group's WorkAble volunteer coordinator, of McCandless.

Last year, the group furnished backpacks and school supplies to 1,274 children.

Laurie Rees is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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