ROCK HILL, S.C. - Performances by Chinese acrobats, a renowned hypnotist and international comedians, concerts featuring country, bluegrass, jam band and Latin-influenced music – During Welcome Week 2009, the Dinkins Student Union plans to take new and returning students, faculty, staff and friends "Around the World with DSU."
The week-long series of events will kick off with Playfair, a session of icebreakers, games and presentations dedicated to helping students make new friends and to creating campus unity, on Friday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. in the West Center.
Welcome Week 2009 events will be held in Byrnes Auditorium, and all tickets are $10/general, $5/with Winthrop I.D. or free with DSU Welcome Week pass unless otherwise noted.
Additional acts include:
- Saturday, Aug. 22 -- International speaker, producer, Tony Award winner and spoken word artist Poetri and the Javier Mendoza Band, a Spain-based band influenced by rock, funk and Latin music, will perform at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 23 -- Step Afrika, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, will perform a step show at 8 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 24 -- Meg Allison and Joshua Stevens, both Top 5 finalists on "Nashville Star" in 2007, will play concerts during the Convocation Picnic at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Margaret Nance (rain location: West Center). Concerts are free. Spintacular Novelties will have a station where attendees can create jewelry, street signs and license plates. One novelty is free with Welcome Week pass; additional novelties are $1 each.
- Thursday, Aug. 27 -- Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, a Winthrop University tradition, will hypnotize his audience members during his 8 p.m. show.
- Friday, Aug. 28 -- Rootsy bluegrass band Bonepony, formed in Maryland, and Israeli jam band Soulfarm, a New York City-based group whose music is a mix of Jewish, rock 'n' roll, bluegrass and Celtic influences, will play at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 29 -- The Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats from Hebei, China, will honor the 27 centuries-old tradition of Chinese acrobats with a one-night-only performance at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 30 -- Comedian Hasan Minhaj, a native of India, and Dan Adhoot, an Iranian Jewish comedian, will get audiences laughing at 8 p.m.
Click here for a full list of DSU Welcome Week events. To purchase a Welcome Week 2009 pass or find out more information, contact Boyd Jones, university programs director, at 803/323-2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.