By Francis Scarcella and Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Hip hop legend MC Hammer showed more than 2,000 screaming fans he hasn’t lost a step with a high-energy performance Friday night at Bucknell University’s annual Chrysalis Ball.
“I’ve been in this area before and it’s always great to be here,” MC Hammer said just before taking the stage at Gerhard Fieldhouse. “We are here to have a good time and dance.”
And he did, wearing his trademark parachute pants. MC Hammer, 52, is known for late 1980s and early 1990s hits such as “U Can’t Touch This,” “Too Legit to Quit,” “Pray” and “Let’s Get It Started.”
Brandy Johnson, of New Jersey, was dancing like it was 1999, she said.
“Hammer didn’t lose a beat,” she said. “The man is amazing. This place, this school, all of it together equals love and it shows what we are all about.”
The performance was exactly what Stephanie Houser, student chair of the ball, hoped it would be when she booked MC Hammer for the night.
“We thought he (Hammer) would be fun,” she said. “And his upbeat music is something everyone can enjoy.”
Chelsea Burghoff, assistant director of campus activities and programs, was also geared up to hip hop.
“I’m ecstatic about tonight,” she said. “This is such an important even that brings the students and staff together.”
Since 1999, students, faculty, and staff have been gathering annually for the Chrysalis Ball — an all-campus, student-driven event that brings the entire Bucknell community together.
Kari Conrad, assistant dean of students, added: “This is a great night here at Bucknell and this is such a big night. We get to celebrate the great year we’ve had here.”
MC Hammer called hundreds to the stage to dance with him as he sang “U Can’t Touch This.”