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December 13, 2013

Controversial rapper picked to appear at OH-Fest

SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College announced the headliner for the April 26 OH-Fest concert on their respective Facebook pages last Friday amid some lingering concern from previous year’s concerts.

The artist will be Sammy Adams, a Boston-based whose latest album, “Homecoming,” debuted last week at No. 45 on the Billboard 200, according to the music publication’s website.

Samuel Adams Wisner, 26, was arrested for disorderly conduct and incitement to riot at a concert in Manhattan, Kan. in 2010, according to the Riley County Police Department. That year, Adams’ debut album “Boston’s Boy” reached No. 1 on iTunes’ hip-hop station.

In a statement from his then-publicist, Amy Meyer, the concert was put on by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity of Kansas State University, according to music website The Masked Gorilla. Meyer said that not long into the set, police showed up to shut down the party as a result of a noise complaint.

Meyer said Adams and his band tried to perform “Driving Me Crazy,” but the police walked onstage, arrested Adams and took him to jail, where he was booked and released on bail. According to several accounts, Adams yelled “f*** the police!” from onstage before the arrest.

When reached for comment, Adam’s current publicist, Jamie Abzug from RCA records, said the charges were dismissed and the case was dropped and that she would not comment further on the incident.

OH-Fest, in its ninth year, is sponsored and organized by students from Hartwick College and the State University College at Oneonta, and has been described as a way for the college students and community to come to together and enjoy a free concert and carnival.

Bill Harcleroad, director of campus activities at SUNY Oneonta and adviser to the OH-Fest board, previously told the college’s student newspaper that the voting system used to determine the artist is an open-response system, in which students may recommend any artist, without limitation of a list from which to choose, according to The State Times.

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