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Blackbear performs at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center on April 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 20, 2020 — Pop and R&B recording artist blackbear will perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 4. The event is sponsored by Drury’s Student Government Association.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Monday, February 24. Prices range from $20 to $50, plus fees. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (417) 873-7000. Drury students can get their tickets starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow during a pre-sale launch party in the Plaster Gallery at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 

Born Matthew Musto, blackbear was raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, and moved to Los Angeles in his late teens. In 2011, Musto released, “Year of the Blackbear.” He later decided to take his nickname of “blackbear,” and use it as his pseudonym for making music.

Blackbear released three independent albums prior to signing with a distribution deal with Interscope. In 2019, he launched his fourth studio album “Anonymous” and promoted it by releasing a song a week on YouTube. In 2017, “do re mi” became blackbear’s first single to crack the Billboard Hot 100; the track has since gone double platinum. A remix featuring Gucci Mane was released in July 2017 and reached No. 26 at Top 40 radio. Meanwhile, its video has racked up more than 102 million views on YouTube.

Aside from his own prolific output of singles and EPs, blackbear has worked with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nick Jonas, Childish Gambino, Linkin Park, and — most notably — Justin Bieber, for whom he co-wrote the six-times-platinum single “Boyfriend.” He released his latest single “hot girl bummer” in August 2019. The now certified-platinum track continues to climb the charts, making it his most successful since “do re mi.”

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