The Aaron Carter “Throwback Thursday” concert on April 25, sponsored by the Ohio University Program Council (UPC) and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB), was much anticipated by the general student population. For weeks leading up to the concert, the folks at UPC tweeted, posted photos on Instagram and Facebook about the free activities and concert being held on South Green. Even the “Athens NEWS” wrote a preview for the event.
Students relived their youth by sucking on ring pops, playing on inflatable courses and getting customized airbrushed snap-back hats. The event started around 4pm and Brandon “DJ B-Funk” Thompson (of Dave Rave) and DJ A-Roc kept the crowed entertained until the main attraction, Mr. Carter, came on at 6pm. The crowd, mostly girls, was loud and rowdy. People threw t-shirts on the stage and screamed for Aaron to play some of the classics from his 2000 album, “Aaron’s Party,” including “I Want Candy,” “Aaron’s Party” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.”
“I felt bad for him, actually,” said Ashley Gilkerson. “You could tell he still had a few songs to sing, but everyone was chanting “Aaron’s Party! Aaron’s Party!”
Aaron pleased the crowd and played old and new songs, and even covered some current popular jams for about an hour. He told the crowd that was as long as he was “contractually obligated to play.” But everyone, including Carter, seemed to be having a good time.
“It was interesting to see him perform,” said Leah Nicholas. “No one wanted to hear any of his new stuff, and I think that says his career as a child pop star is pretty much solidified for the rest of his life.”
After the show, Carter went behind the stage, changed his clothes and greeted fans. People began to push to get closer to the former pop star. Carter signed some autographs, gave some girls hugs and even kissed one female fan.
“I thought it was a really good idea and a fun way to blow off steam before finals,” said Carina Belles.
It was speculated that Carter would party like a true bobcat after the show and hit the bars on Court Street. And that’s exactly what he did. The same night of the show, Aaron tweeted: “Yup! Champagne poppin! #jbar #ouohyeah.” He also uploaded photos on his Instagram account at various bars uptown.
According to Jordyn Humphrey, the Live Entertainment Executive for UPC, they started brainstorming for the event in November and it took about six months to plan. “When we were first coming up with the idea of this even we had already known that we wanted to do some type of throw back event,” said Humphrey. “That’s when we basically started to brainstorm different entertainers that were popular in our (students born in the 90’s) childhood and thats when the idea of Aaron Carter came up.”
“I believe that #TBTwithUPC &BSCPB was really successful. We had a lot of people come out to enjoy the event and people were still talking about how much fun they had the next day, which was really good to hear and something we all really appreciated,” Humphrey added.
The next day, Carter tweeted again saying, “Seriously everyone was literally so chill at @OhioUPC #OUOHYEAH I loved every minute of it yesterday. And not to mention the huge crowd.” It looks like OU’s party was Aaron’s party for one night of nostalgia.