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Hip-hop show may bring 6,000 people to Shepherdstown

April 27, 2001

Hip-hop show may bring 6,000 people to Shepherdstown



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Police are preparing for as many as 6,000 people to show up for a hip-hop concert at Shepherd College this Sunday, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Thursday.

Organizers of the Nelly concert are planning to sell only 4,000 tickets, and the show is close to selling out, police and school officials said.

Police are estimating that since the concert is being held on the west side of the Shepherd campus where a number of dormitories are located, other students may congregate in the area, bringing the number up to 6,000 spectators, Boober said.

The college has been trying to attract bigger name music groups to the school in recent years, said James Pilato, musical director at the school's student radio station, WSHC.

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The school often had smaller bands play at the campus, but it seems the school has been saving its money so it can afford bigger acts, Pilato said.

Last year, a popular band known as The Roots played at the school and about three years ago G. Love And Special Sauce played there, Pilato said.

Nelly has sold about 6 million albums and his music seems to be popular with the freshman crowd, Pilato said.

"I'm almost wondering if this could turn into more than what Shepherd is expecting," Pilato said.

Boober said he is not so much concerned about the show as what could happen afterward.

At least one party is being held after the concert, at the Shepherdstown Fire Department. Boober said police are concerned that people will continue to drink after the show, which could lead to problems.

Almost all of the county's police departments have met several times to plan for the event. About 50 officers will work to control the crowd and about 60 Shepherd College students have volunteered to work at the concert to help any concertgoers who may become sick or experience other problems, police said.

"I would rather be overprepared than underprepared," Boober said.

There could be traffic tie-ups on W.Va. 480 between the four-way stop in Shepherdstown and the Maryland state line as people are entering the show, which will be held on an intramural athletic field, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Paugh.

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