Migos arrested following delayed Spring Concert

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Lauren Gorla

Update: April 21 12:45 p.m.: Two members of Migos, Kirshnick Khari Ball “Takeoff” and Quavious Keyatz Marshall “Quavo” were release on bond Monday night. Kiari Kendrell Cephus “Offset” remains in the Bulloch County Jail without bail. 

The University has officially issued a statement regarding the arrests at GSU’s Spring Bling concert. According to Jan Bond, GSU’s associate vice president of marketing and communications, university officials were aware of the violence that has recently followed Migos; however, since the spring concert is run by the University Programming Board and the performers are voted on by the students, the University “didn’t want to override” the students and who they wanted to perform.

The spring concert was voted on by over 2,000 students and Migos was favored by 40 percent. The Office of Student Activities “advised and encouraged” UPB to take into account the violent history surrounding Migos. 

The three members of popular rap group Migos were arrested Saturday, April 18 during the Spring Bling concert on multiple possession charges.

Quavious Marshall (stage name Quavo), 24, and Kirshnick Ball (Takeoff), 20, were both granted $10,000 bonds by the Bulloch County District Attorney’s office. Both were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, carrying a weapon in [a] school safety zone and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, according to a press release from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office.

Bond was denied for the third member of the hip-hop group, Kiari Cephus (Offset), 23, according to Jared Akins, Bulloch County Chief Deputy. Cephus was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, carrying weapon in [a] school safety zone and possession of firearm by [a] convicted felon, according to the press release.

The group was set to come onstage at 9:00 p.m. and finish no later than 10:30 p.m., according to the performance contract between Georgia Southern University and Migos. However, the group did not come until 10:30 p.m. and then played about a 30 minute show consisting of six songs.

At this time, the university is investigating if Migos violated their contract by ending their set before the agreed upon concert length. The contract stated that a 60 minute set from Migos was requested, but that the group could perform no less than 45 minutes. The contract signed was for the amount of $33,000.

There was also a meet and greet event scheduled after the show for University Board Programming members as well as other meet and greet ticket winners but the event was cancelled.

GSU’s Office of Legal Affairs denied comment at this time since the incident is still under investigation.

Michelle Davis, executive director of the Office of Student Activities, said that students who attended the shortened concert will not receive a refund.

“No [refund]. Spring Bling was designed as a fun event for students with several opening acts, DJ dance party, and a headliner performance by Migos. Migos did go on stage and perform a thirty minute set,” Davis said in an email interview.

According to Davis, more than 2,000 tickets were sold for the event, 1,600 of which were GSU students.

When Migos and their associates arrived to Hanner Fieldhouse in two vans, members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team (CST) “detected a very potent smell of marijuana” coming from the vans, according to the press release. As Migos went inside Hanner to perform, CST investigators contacted the drivers of the vehicles.

“Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of marijuana, a separate Schedule II drug, and multiple firearms in the vehicles. These discoveries were intensely concerning as the drugs and firearms had been brought to a university sponsored event where over a thousand students were congregated. All occupants of the two vans were arrested after leaving the stage following the Migos performance, a total of 15 in all,” according to the press release.

The members were then transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they waited for their bond review by the District Attorney’s office.

Officers of the Georgia Southern University Police Department as well as officers from the Statesboro Police Department and deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to serve as security for the concert. The joint Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team was also present.

Chief Michael Russell, director of public safety, did not have further comment and said that he would echo a statement made by Jan Bond, associate vice president of marketing and communications.

Maya Clark, president of the University Programming Board, said in an email that the venue, the talent and safety of the students and guests are “carefully considered.”

Clark said, “While the events of Saturday evening were unfortunate, we will continue to work together with our students to bring concerts and other entertainment to campus for their enjoyment and that of the community.”

Nadia Dreid, Macy Holloway and Will Price contributed to this report.