Weezer Lead Singer/Guitarist Rivers Cuomo to Perform Hit Cover of Toto’s “Africa” at SMC Homecoming 2018

SMC Corsairs to Take on Allan Hancock College Bulldogs; Free Community Event Features Food, Entertainment & Giveaways

Weezer lead vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo will perform the band’s hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” during the halftime show of the Santa Monica College Corsairs 2018 Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 20. The Corsairs will take on the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs; kickoff is at 4 p.m.

The SMC Corsairs take on the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs for SMC Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Weezer lead vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo will perform the band’s hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” during the halftime show with an “All Star SMC Faculty & Alum Band”. The free community event will also have giveaways, and free food and treats.

October 15, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA—The Santa Monica College (SMC) Corsairs 2018 Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 20 will feature SMC alum and Weezer lead vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo during the halftime show in a performance of the alternative rock band’s hit cover of “Africa” by Toto.

The SMC Corsairs take on the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs in an action-packed football game, the culmination of Spirit Week 2018. Kickoff for the game, which will be held on Corsair Field at SMC’s main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica), is at 4 p.m. (Gates will open at 3 p.m.).

Steve Chiotakis—the Afternoon News Anchor for KCRW (89.9 FM), whose voice is heard during the All Things Considered broadcast—will be the announcer for the halftime show.

The SMC Chamber Choir directed by Jeremiah Selvey will be performing the national anthem before kickoff, and SMC Cheer will also provide entertainment. During the halftime show, SMC alum and Weezer lead vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo will perform the band’s hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” accompanied by an “All-Star SMC Alum and Faculty Band.” The cover of the 80s hit—the “tweet-turned song” which came about at the behest of a 14-year-old fan, Mary Klym, via Twitter—is an Internet sensation (the music video featuring Weird Al Yankovic has well over 3.8 million views, on YouTube). It is also Weezer’s first Number One song on Billboard’s Rock Airplay Chart and is their first Hot 100-charting single in more than a decade.

Accompanying Cuomo as his band for the halftime show are: SMC alum, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jason Pitts (Pitts has performed on percussion/drums with Jackson Browne, Billy Idol, and also on Weezer’s music video for “Africa”); Grammy Award-winning bassist and SMC Music instructor Kevin O’Neal (he has performed with Outkast, Tracy Chapman, the Busboys, and many more); keyboardist, SMC alum and instructor Sang Hee Cho; and keyboardist, SMC alum and recording artist Ricky Amadour. SMC Applied Music Program student Christian Alva will be working as the event’s Assistant Music Director.

At halftime, beef and veggie sliders from Corsair Café by Tortuga Bay will be available for free—courtesy of SMC Associated Students—to fans who take pictures at the game and share it on social media with the hashtag #ProudtobeSMC. A limited number of giveaways/free goodies will include free churros, nachos, and cotton candy at halftime, as well as swag bags from KCRW (89.9 FM), SMC’s NPR radio station.

New this year is also a brand-new “Join the Ship” section in the bleachers for SMC “Future Alumni”—currently enrolled students. The first 100 to show up will receive free t-shirts (In addition, SMC alumni swag will be available for purchase at the Alumni pop-up store).

Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, and barbecues are prohibited. Please note that SMC is a smoke-free campus. The SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2018 game festivities are sponsored by the SMC Associated Students in collaboration with SMC Corsair Athletics; the SMC Office of Campus and Alumni Relations; and KCRW. Ample free parking is available (parking on main campus). For more information about SMC Homecoming 2018, visit alumni.smc.edu or call (310) 434-8400.

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