“I hope that by the end of the night, you’re gonna be smiling, and I hope that by the end of the night, you’re gonna be dancing,” shouted Vinz on Saturday night, right before R&B duo Nico & Vinz delivered an electrifying StokesSet performance. They played their hits like “That’s How You Know,” “Hold It Together,” “Intrigued,” and of course, “Am I Wrong” for the encore. The crowd filled up almost the entire Stokes Quad, and the weather was perfect for an outdoor concert. The colored lights illuminating the exterior walls of Stokes South, Stokes North, and Fulton became more and more apparent and spectacular as the sun went down, and it was obvious to me all the effort that went into making the concert the best it could be.
Nico & Vinz are an R&B duo from Oslo, Norway, consisting of Kahouly Nicolay Sereba (Nico) and Vincent Dery (Vinz), who started performing together in 2010. They reached mainstream popularity in 2013 with the release of “Am I Wrong,” especially when it started getting heavy radio play in the U.S. in 2014.
The opening act was BC’s own Unit One, which includes Rachel Moon ’19, Nicolas Sucre ’19, and Josh Mentzer ’19. “The show was fantastic!” said Rachel, “The turnout was way better than any of us had expected. Honestly it was just an amazing feeling to look out at people we didn’t know and see them dancing along to our stuff. At the end of the day, we locked in with each other like always and had a great time.” If you liked what you heard from Unit One, then check out their EP that’s out now.
Last year, Campus Activities Board added StokesSet to their array of annual on-campus concerts. They brought in pop band MisterWives, who had set the bar pretty high, but Nico & Vinz seemed to raise that bar this year. CAB Campus Engagement Coordinator Alycia Kent applauded CAB’s Live Entertainment department for their hard work, saying, “A combination of Nico, Vinz, and apple cider donuts made for an awesome Saturday night!”
As I looked around at the dispersing crowd after the show, I noticed a lot of smiling and a lot of dancing, and we can thank Nico & Vinz for that.
Photos courtesy of The Rock’s photo editor Trish Jackson ’20