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Sammypalooza Lineup Announced: 3 Styles, 1 Stage

March 6, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Jamol Simon

The Division of Student Affairs has announced the lineup for the highly anticipated 2019 Sammypalooza. Sam Houston State University will welcome X Ambassadors, Gunna and Maddie & Tae to the Johnson Coliseum on Wednesday, March 27.

Year after year, SHSU provides its students with the opportunity to enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music without having to leave campus. Assistant Director for Traditions and Special Events Steven Begnaud believes the concert series adds more than just temporary excitement on campus.

“I believe Sammypalooza has added another element of building tradition here at SHSU,” Begnaud said. “For students to be able to see big name artists perform in their own backyard is a great part of being at SHSU. It helps builds inclusion and a way for Student Affairs to give back to students.”



X Ambassadors' debut album, "VHS," reflected on the events that shaped the lives of lead vocalist and lyricist Sam Harris and his older brother, keyboardist Casey Harris, growing up in Ithaca, New York. The gold-certified album debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and spawned the platinum-selling "Renegades," which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative chart, and the double-platinum "Unsteady." The success of "VHS" sent X Ambassadors on a nearly two-year touring odyssey that found them winning over fans around the world and performing at the Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life Is Beautiful and Shaky Knees festivals, among others, and establishing themselves as a world-class rock band. X Ambassadors is currently working on their sophomore album. For more information, visit


Georgia-based rapper Gunnabecame interested in music and rapping as a hobby in his early teens. In 2016 he was introduced to Atlanta MC Young Thugand quickly hit the studio.  He lent a verse onYoung Thug's track "Floyd Mayweather," alongside rap superstars Gucci Maneand Travis Scott. That feature was enough to launch Gunnainto relative fame and he was soon signed to Young Thug's YSL imprint. By late 2016, he'd released the “Drip Season” mixtape and followed it with “Drip Season 2” in the summer of 2017. His third mixtape “Drip Season 3” appeared in 2018 and a collaborative, full length album with Lil Baby soon followed. Gunna released his latest album “Drip or Drown 2” in February and begins touring in late March. For more information, visit


Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl in A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going platinum. The Platinum-selling duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the country airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road. Following suit is Carrie Underwood who will have the pair join her in 2019 for her “Cry Pretty 360 Tour” this summer and fall. For additional information, please visit

Tickets will be available for purchase on March 6 and can be picked up from RSC 162 any time before the event or Box Office 2 on March 6 and 27. Each student with an active Bearkat OneCard will be allowed two tickets.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 8 p.m.

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