KISS FM radio station will celebrate the first home game for the East Carolina University football team by hosting the KISS Live: The Afterparty this Saturday at 8 p.m at the State Theater.
KISS Live: The Afterparty will be hosted by KISS FM as a way to reach out to the eastern North Carolina community more than usual, according to ECU alumna and on-air personality and promotion director for KISS FM, Clarke Jones. This will be the radio station’s first big party since R&B singer, K. Michelle, came to the Greenville Convention Center in July 2014.
“It’s after ECU’s first home football game of the season, so we’re hoping it will be like an afterparty for that and celebrate a big win and get to know KISS,” Jones said. “This is really something to get the streets hype again and you know, push our brand and name out there and let people know we’re (KISS FM) are back.”
Jones said that KISS FM decided to host the party at the State Theater in Uptown Greenville to help create more awareness for the venue and because of its proximity to ECU’s campus for students to come out and join the party.
There will be three DJs at the event, DJ Kaoss, DJ Big Mike Saunders and ECU’s official campus DJ, DJ Born Finesser. There will be local artists who will perform at the event, but it has yet to be decided, according to Jones. There will also be a bar for people over the age of 21.
J.R. “DJ Born Finesser” Freeman said that this is an opportunity that doesn't happen often for him and will be his first time being able to work alongside DJ Kaoss and DJ Big Mike. Freeman said the audience should expect different types of music that they can relate to by each of the DJs present at the event.
“It (the music) should be something everyone can relate to,” Freeman said. “I feel like everyone who comes out will have a good time at some point in the night. It will be a very diverse event as far as age goes. I feel like having all the different DJs there helps cover the diversity and be sure to keep everybody pleased.”
Roy “SkeeMonee” Pridgen, on-air personality for KISS FM, said this event will be the start of a new beginning for eastern North Carolina.
Pridgen said usually when ECU hosts events, it is catered more to just the students but the KISS afterparty will give ECU a chance to meet the community of Greenville with a twist by bringing the radio station along.
“(The goal is) to basically have fun,” Pridgen said. “Have fun without violence that’s basically it. We’re about peace in the streets and giving to the community.”
Tickets for the KISS Live Afterparty start at $10 for general admission and range as high as $15 for VIP. Students can receive a discounted price with proof of ID. Tickets can be purchased on The Greenville State Theatre website.