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5 Shocking Culture Shock Performers

It’s springtime at Purchase. That means one thing: Culture Shock.

Crowd ShotWhat started as April Showers in the late ’80s morphed into Culture Shock in 1993, a completely student-run music festival, carnival, and food truck fest.

While it first began as a showcase for Purchase bands, it quickly grew into the concert to attend. Its PSGA organizers have demonstrated a knack for choosing performers on the verge of breaking out. 

Below are five artists who you might be surprised to know performed at Culture Shock.


1998

Destiny’s Child


2005

Diplo


2009

Drake


2011

Kendrick Lamar


2016

Kehlani


Bonus Material

Below are some alumni and alumni bands who have played Culture Shock over the years. 

2003

  • Regina Spektor ’01
  • Langhorne Slim (Sean Scolnick) ’03
  • Dan Deacon ’04 (also 2004, 2005, 2006)

2006

  • Jenny Owen Youngs ’04

2011

  • O’Death

2017

  • Mitski ’13
  • Field Mouse