The Rutgers University Programming Association announced the lineup for Rutgersfest 2008 today, and it’s stronger than ever. Headlining the event, which will be held on May 2 at the Yellow Lot (next to the RAC) on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway, NJ from 12:00–8:30 pm, are rapper Fabolous, pop rock group OneRepublic, and mainstream rockers Third Eye Blind. Rutgers battle of the bands winner The Command Radio will be the opening act. (Samples of all below)

Fabolous (pronounced Fa-buh-liss) is a young rapper from Brooklyn who has had success with a few hit singles. His first (and probably most well-known) hit was “Holla Back (Young’n).”

More recently, audiences might be familiar with his track “Breathe”:

Rutgersfest should be about having a good time. Fabolous has some of the most dance-able, hottest tracks out there. When it comes to raw rhyming skill, he’s no Common (’06). But for a party mix, you’re gonna throw Fabolous on there near the top, and this thing is supposed to be one big outdoor party. Organizers made a good decision here.

OneRepublic has canceled due to injury. Click here for more info.

Third Eye Blind (or 3eb, as us die-hards call them) were a mainstay of late 90s pop rock. They have had three songs reach the top 10 on the US Hot 100 charts. You have heard them all ad nauseam, but just in case you forgot, here they are:

“Semi-Charmed Life”:

“How’s It Going To Be”:


Come on, admit it… you’re rocking out right now thinking about 6th grade. This takes the concept of Everclear (’07) but improves upon it. A 90s band that will draw a big crowd simply out of drunken nostalgia. Now, make it so the music is memorable in a good way, as opposed to much of Everclear’s repertoire. These guys are going to be a lot of fun to watch.

The Command Radio, which won the battle of the bands and earned the right to open for the three main acts, is the most musically solid performer of the day. It’s a shame that students usually show up late to Rutgersfest, because these guys deserve a crowd.  I was skeptical after noticing that the guy who commented here left identical comments on other blogs, but a quick trip to their myspace changed my mind. Fun, funky trumpet-driven rock. They avoid the “ska” label because, well, they aren’t ska. But they have taken a ska sound and evolved it into a more well-rounded rock, and I might actually show up at noon to listen to them. And if you happen to take in any substances beforehand — not that we would ever encourage that — these guys seem like they could give a pretty solid jam band show for you to sway and nod with.

With the removal of OneRepublic from the bill, 3EB and Fabolous will probably be given more time for their sets. If they give a good show, then this could end up being a good thing. Of course, if they have extra time, they might decide to delve into their “new material.” And that would be brutal.