Hip-hop star Kingston to headline 14th OH-Fest

Associated Press This Nov. 18, 2012, file photo shows Sean Kingston arriving at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Oneonta college students voted to bring rapper Sean Kingston to the City of the Hills in April as the headliner for OH-Fest.

The concert and Main Street festival is a tradition running 14 years as a collaboration between SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

Kingston is a Jamaican-American rapper best known for his 2007 hit “Beautiful Girls.”

A SUNY Oneonta spokesperson said he was the top choice for both campuses, beating out a list of musicians that included rapper B.o.B. and rock band All Time Low.

The total budget for the event is $127,950, with $60,000 allocated for the headliner, but Kingston will be paid less than that amount this year, according to the spokesperson.

The City of Oneonta funds police coverage and the Department of Public Works cleanup, and the colleges pay for coverage provided by the city’s fire department. Private security paid for by the colleges will also work with the Oneonta Police Department at the park to free up their resources to patrol the community with University Police assistance.

The opening act is the folk-pop band Broseph, selected for its broader appeal to the community.

OH-Fest will be held Saturday, April 20, in Neahwa Park.

Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at ejerome@thedailystar.com. Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .