Tickets go on sale Thursday for the next hometown concert by hip-hop hero Kanye West — and this one's for a special cause.
The performance will be 8:30 p.m. June 11 as part of the second "Stay in School" Benefit Concert at the Chicago Theatre, supporting the Kanye West Foundation, which was founded in 2007 by Kanye's momma, the late Dr. Donda West, to help combat the school dropout problem plaguing the country (along with Chicago Public Schools and S.H.O.W.). The show will also be broadcast later in the summer on Fuse TV.
Tickets range from $49.50 to $500 (for the VIP Reception) and can be purchased here.
From an event press release:
Highland Park High School sophomore, David Abrams, conceived the event concept as he listened to a story on NPR about a Chicago Public School (CPS) student who was failing out of school. As an incentive to stay in school, the student’s mother offered two tickets to a Lil Wayne concert. David then turned to his mom and said “We should do that – let’s get kids to SHOW up to school, get their grades up and put on a free concert for them.” David formed S.H.O.W (Students Helping Our World), which is run by a group of Highland Park teens and supported by parents like Wendy Abrams, an environmental activist and founder of Cool Globes. S.H.O.W formed partnerships with CPS, the City of Chicago, former quarterback of the Chicago Bears Kyle Orton, and ultimately the Kanye West Foundation.
... S.H.O.W will offer free tickets to students who demonstrate marked improvements in attendance and/or grades in the last quarter of the current school year. Approximately 3,000 inner city and Chicago area students will have the opportunity to meet Kanye West and experience an intimate behind-the-scenes snapshot of how he prepares for a concert.
“I have always had the desire to help people and make the world a better place. I believe that youth are the music for creating a world filled with harmony. To create such a world, however, we must all do our part,” Kanye says in the same statement.