Tinashe, the alternative R&B singer, is headlining Dandelion Day next Friday.

The Student Programming Board revealed the artist on Friday afternoon.

“Bringing Tinashe to campus means a lot to me, a graduating senior, who has never seen a stand-alone woman headline a show at our school,” Morgan Mackay, the group’s president, told the Campus Times.

The Kentucky born singer-songwriter’s third album, “Joyride,” was released a week ago and includes songs previously released as singles, like “No Drama,” which was released in January, featuring Migos rapper Offset.

Dandelion Day is part of Springfest Weekend, an end-of-spring-semester celebration starting next Thursday. The weekend also includes performances from UR’s No Jackets Required, Trebellious, Rock Repertory Ensemble, Celtic, Symphony Orchestra, and West African Drumming Ensemble. Other Dandelion Day attractions include Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Nancy’s Fried Dough, a ferris wheel, and a mechanical shark.

Though Dandelion Day is an annual day of celebration, Mackay felt a responsibility when it came to choosing an artist.

“I’m tired of men dominating the music industry, and after women were robbed at the 2018 Grammys, more than ever, I wanted us to strive to bring a female artist to campus.”



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