Deja vu bringing hip-hop, country to D&E

The Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board will present two chart-topping acts – hip-hop and rap artist Sean Kingston and country singer Justin Moore – for the 33rd Deja vu Music Festival this Friday and Saturday.

Both concerts will take place at the outdoor stage..

“The Campus Activities Board of Davis & Elkins College is gearing up for the return of its annual celebration of warm weather and music at the Deja vu Music Festival,” said D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “The Deja vu Music Festival is the perfect way to celebrate spring in Elkins while listening to some of the hottest talents in music today.”

The weekend begins with an art show hosted by the Davis & Elkins College Art Club. Students will sell art work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Madden Center.

The music will kick off when up-and-coming band ELIM opens the festival just prior to Kingston’s performance. The duo, brothers Mike and Mark Longhelt, will mix pop, hip-hop and electronica to get people moving.

For his third full-length album, “Back 2 Life,” Kingston blends his newly strengthened vocals with fiercely inventive electronic effects and hard-hitting live instrumentation. Like his 2007 self-titled debut and 2009’s “Tomorrow,” Kingston’s latest work fuses reggae, hip-hop, R&B and electro to create melody-soaked pop.

For Kingston, the urge to achieve the powerfully vibrant sound that permeates Back 2 Life was born during his recovery from a devastating accident. In May 2011, while jet skiing in Miami Beach, Kingston crashed into a bridge and suffered a shattered wrist, broken jaw and water in his lungs. After spending nearly a month in the hospital and undergoing two emergency open-heart surgeries to repair a torn aorta, the Jamaica-bred 23-year-old headed to his Miami Beach home and took two months to heal.

“This album’s a really honest reflection of where I’m at in my life right now,” Kingston said. “I’m proud that it shows everything, because it shows my growth, too.”

In February, the spotlight shifted from Kingston’s music career to his home life with the debut of the reality show “Fame in the Family” on E! network. The show goes behind the scenes for a look at the separate, but similar, family lives of Kingston and actor/rapper Romeo Miller.

Deja vu Festival events will continue Saturday with a campuswide Activities Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Activities on tap are an inflatable moon bounce, improvisation workshop, ultimate Frisbee, tug-of-war, Angry Birds course, paintball target shooting and face painting. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

Highlighting the evening’s entertainment will be country singer Justin Moore, with opening act Clayton Anderson.

With a solid college fan base throughout the South and Midwest, Anderson recently has played sold-out shows in Indiana and Illinois. He’s opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. His independently released debut full-length album, “Torn Jeans & Tailgates,” climbed as high as No. 17 on the country album chart sales.

The high-energy show with Anderson and his band leads into more country flavor on the Deja vu stage.

A native of Poyen, Ark., Moore grew up in a town with a population of 272. The sign with that declaration sits in his grandparents’ front yard. He graduated from high school with 37 classmates.

Moore’s sophomore album, “Outlaws Like Me, “debuted at No. 1 upon its release nationwide on June 21, 2011, and quickly landed him his second No. 1 along with a top 15. His first-ever love song, “Til My Last Day,” became his third No. 1 in December 2012. Outlaws Like Me and his self-titled debut album reached gold status in 2012.

Moore has toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. He is currently working on his third studio album.

The Deja vu Music Festival will occur rain or shine. If weather is severe, the show will be moved inside to Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Gates open both nights at 7 p.m., and the concerts will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets and additional information about the concerts are available by calling 304-637-1211 or 800-594-TIXX (8499) or by visiting