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Hometown rapper hosting back to school concert for Paterson high school students


City rapper Fetty Wap is hosting a back to school concert for Paterson high school students on August 27 at Bauerle Field on Oak Street.

Wap’s concert is free for city high school students. Tickets will be available at Pennington Park on August 24 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students are requested to bring their school ID in order to receive their free tickets.

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and Schools Superintendent Donnie Evans made the announcement during the weekend on the mayor’s social media page. Wap, born as Willie Maxwell, grew up in the city’s public housing projects before climbing the Billboard charts with his mega hit “Trap Queen.”

The catchy song peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart and sold 2.2 million tracks. Two of the Paterson rapper’s tracks currently are in the Billboard Top 10 chart and a third is in the Top 20.

Wap has been nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards this month for artist to watch and best hip-hop video.

Wap will perform alongside the entire RGF squad at the Oak Street venue.

What: Fetty Wap back to school concert
When: Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 3-7 p.m.
Where: Bauerle Field, 98 Oak Street, Paterson, NJ.

Seating is limited so tickets will be given out on a first come first serve basis. High school students must pick up the tickets at the Pennington Park gazebo area on August 24th, 2015 at the designated time for their school:
•    Eastside High School 300 7:30 – 9:00
•    John F. Kennedy 300 9:00-10:30
•    HARP Academy 100 10:30 – 11:30
•    Panther Academy 100 11:30 – 12:30
•    International High School 100 12:30 – 1:30
•    Garrett Morgan Academy 100 1:30 – 2:30
•    Passaic County Tech 100 2:30 – 3:30
•    Alternative Ed 100 3:30 – 4:30

The concert venue will be changed to John F. Kennedy High School, 61 Preakness Avenue, in the event of rain.

Correction (August 17th, 2015): A previous version of this story erroneously stated students may pick up tickets at their neighborhood schools. Students must obtain tickets from Pennington Park on August 24th, 2015 beginning at 7:30 a.m..

  • Amer Siddique

    What if you don't have an high school ID? Like I throw mine away. So what should we do and how will we get the tickets?

    • PatersonTimes

      You can obtain it from the school itself. See the listing at the end of the article that contains times and dates for pickup.

      • Amer Siddique

        If I wanted more then 1 tickets, how can I obtian more then one ticket? Also is there any VIP pass?

  • Guest

    So this concert is only for high school students? College students can't attend it?

  • Marianna Malavé

    Tech takes back their school ID's at the end of the year what do we do?

  • Amer Siddique

    So they changed the information, you have to pick up the tickets from Pennington park. I don't how we supposed to abtain the tickets, if we don't have our ID?

    • Olympia Brown

      I said the same thing Freshmen don't have ID yet &the students ID get taken from them when school over

  • eli Sanchez

    I appreciate that he is giving back, but I would be more impressed if he announced that he is going back to finish his high school diploma. That would send the right message to the students in attendance.

    • Karen Mallory

      He will, just give him time. Such a sweetheart of a kid.
      He love people and they love him.

  • Master Bates

    It's rare that we get notice of such a momentous event on which to wager.
    OK let's set the over/unders now:
    Arrests for drugs-
    Arrests for weapons-
    Arrests for disorderly conduct/ fighting-
    Miss anything?

    PS: I'm sure the Paterson Police are a good force, but for an event like this, I'd hire ex-Special Forces who had experience in Kabul and Baghdad to provide security.

    • Lovinglife Rogers

      Hater or Nah

    • Karen Mallory

      Maybe not ……everyone knows any trouble…..concert stops…. and no more freebies.
      Home town people love him, and respect him.

      • Karen Mallory

        This is a good thing for a great guy, and hope it turns out positive.
        This boy was homeless remember.

  • Guest123

    Where is Rosa L. Parks HS though?!

    • Gia Chico


    • Master Bates

      At the back of the line…duh!

      • guest19

        That's messed up!

  • James

    PCTI isnt a paterson school.

  • Karen Mallory

    Go Willie-so proud you made it, but stop hanging around Paterson…please.
    You made it out, Cause the hood is still the hood.Bro.

  • Adrian Chavez

    Where's Paterson Charter & Rosa Parks?