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March 20, 2019

Free MAX concert featuring Pat Lok

Submitted by Hannah Ens

Start the weekend off right with a free concert by pop-soul singer, actor and dancer MAX. Known for his powerful acrobatic tenor, MAX will take the stage following opener Pat Lok. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the K-State Student Union courtyard with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

As an iHeart 2019 Best New Pop Artist nominee, MAX has been labeled by Billboard as a top pop star to watch. Born in New York City, the multi-hyphenate artist, actor and dancer has toured the world multiple times over, been featured in a Dolce and Gabbana campaign with Madonna, and starred in critically acclaimed films and television shows. With the breakout success of his 2016 full-length album, "Hell's Kitchen Angel," MAX yielded an inescapable smash in the form of his hit single "Lights Down Low." The song generated half a billion streams globally, earning double platinum certifications in the U.S. and Canada and gold in Holland and Australia. The song soared to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, No. 7 at Top 40 radio, No. 1 on Shazam and No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Radio airplay chart.

As the track took off, MAX delivered seismic renditions of the song on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," "Live with Kelly and Ryan," "Good Morning America" and "TRL."

"What people loved about 'Lights Down Low' was the story, I'd never been more honest. It just clicked. I only scratched the surface on 'Hell's Kitchen Angel,' though," he said, and adds, "I'm taking even more risks on my next album, 'House of Divine.' I want to be as authentic as possible whether it is about losing people in my life or just who I am as a person. The new music continues to dive deeper into spreading a message of being true to who you are, wearing what you want to wear, loving who you want to love and being accepting."

With his sophomore album on the way and a world tour in the works, 2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for MAX.

Vancouver's Pat Lok has become a staple in the playlists of tastemakers worldwide as the sole Canadian artist on legendary French label Kitsune and the first act signed to Pete Tong's new PTSongs. Combining feel-good vibes with a love of rhythm and blues, soul, and house music, his catalog of club hits and DJ favorites has racked up millions of plays and consistently topped Hype Machine, with releases including "My Own Throne," "You Street" and "All In My Head."

For more information on this free concert, visit kstateupc.com or call 785-532-6571.

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