Ice-T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Naughty by Nature to headline show at Savage Arena Aug. 4

July 1, 2016 | Events, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The Savage Live concert series is back, as Sirius XM Backspin will present the Art of Rap Festival Thursday, Aug. 4, at Savage Arena.

The lineup of legendary rappers and hip-hop artists will feature Ice-T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Naughty by Nature plus Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, EPMD, The Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow and host Chief Rocket Busy Bee.

art of rapFans will be treated to a night of hits from the eight-act lineup: “Colors,” “New Jack Hustler,” “O.G. Original Gangster,” “Foe tha Love of $,” “The Crossroads,” “1st of tha Month,” “O.P.P.,” “Hip Hop Hooray,” plus “Some Kind of Sorry,” “Da Joint,” “You Gots to Chill,” “Rapper’s Delight,” “Apache (Jump On It),”“The Breaks,” and others as well as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s new single “Coming Home,” which the group has dedicated to its hometown of Cleveland in celebration of the Cavs’ championship.

The Art of Rap Festival will be the second show for Savage Live, a multi-event concert series that kicked off in March with the sold-out Rock the Arena show. The series will continue with the sold-out I Love the ’90s Festival Saturday, Aug. 20, headlined by Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice.

“We’re pleased by the response to our Savage Live concert series,” said UT Associate Athletic Director Tony Zaworski. “We appreciate that the community supports our venue, and we believe our scalable size makes it a great choice for tour stops across multiple genres.”

Doors for the Art of Rap Festival will open at 5 p.m., and music will begin at 5:25 p.m.

Tickets ranging from $55 to $95 will go sale to the public Monday, July 11, and can be purchased online at or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office at Savage Arena.

Discount tickets will be available to current University of Toledo students with a valid UT ID for $25 at the ticket office beginning Tuesday, July 5.

VIP packages also are available.

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