Carly Rae Jepsen, Aminé headline Northeastern University’s 2023 Springfest

Carly Rae Jepsen singing into microphone
Carly Rae Jepsen, the singer songwriter best known for her 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe,” will perform at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena on Saturday as part of Springfest. AP Photo by Jack Plunkett

The lineup of Springfest 2023 includes singer songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and rapper Aminé, with appearances from comedian Colin Jost and actress Brenda Song spread throughout Northeastern University’s annual week-long celebration.

Jepsen, most well known for the 2012 hit song “Call Me Maybe” that catapulted her to stardom, will headline the Springfest concert on Saturday, April 1. Since the success of “Call Me Maybe,” the Grammy-nominated Canadian artist has gone on to release multiple chart-topping songs and albums, including the synth pop flavored “Emotions” and last year’s quarantine album, “The Loneliest Time.” 

With surprisingly subversive lyrics and a discography that’s much more diverse than her initial pop stardom would indicate, Jepsen has been hailed as the “artist of the decade” with an enduring level of cult popularity.

Jepsen is co-headling with Aminé, a Portland, Oregon-born rapper who combines rap, pop and indie rock. Aminé first gained popularity with his single “Caroline” in 2016 and was later named a member of XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class. He also contributed to the star-studded soundtrack for “Into the Spider-Verse,” the 2018 Oscar-winning animated film, featuring on “Invincible.”

“From the beginning, I [said,] ‘I want a hype Springfest. I want high energy the whole time,’” says Fiona Kelly, Springfest chair for The Council for University Programs. “That was my focus when looking at these top ranked artists in the survey. Who is going to deliver on that energy? I think these two fit the bill really well.”

This year’s Springfest concert will take place in Matthews Arena on the Boston campus at 7 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15 for undergraduate students and $30 for graduate, College of Professional Studies and law school students. Students can purchase one guest ticket for an additional $30.

Northeastern alumni can email for information about tickets.

Springfest 2023 is the latest in a long line of star-studded concerts put on by CUP, which has previously brought artists like 2Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Chance the Rapper, Logic and Charlie XCX to Northeastern for Springfest. This year, Kelly says CUP has put even more emphasis on creating a concert experience with “all the bells and whistles.”

“I set aside some money within our budget to really focus on production, so we’re going all out this year with lasers and cryo and Carly has a surprise happening during her performance,” Kelly says. “I just want it to be electric in there, and I’m excited to see that energy.”

Saturday’s concert is the culmination of a weeklong Springfest celebration that includes even more university events and appearances from high-profile guests.

  • On Tuesday, Colin Jost, a “Saturday Night Live” staff writer and co-anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update,” will take to Blackman Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. 
  • On Wednesday, the Springfest Carnival will take place in the Curry Student Center beginning at 6 p.m.
  • On Thursday, indie pop artist Maude Latour will perform at 7 p.m. in Afterhours inside Curry.

Cody Mello-Klein is a Northeastern Global News reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @Proelectioneer.