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Davis & Elkins College will present two chart-topping acts – hip-hop and rap artist Sean Kingston and country singer Justin Moore – May 3 and 4 for the 33rd Déjà vu Music Festival at the outdoor amphitheatre.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. for both concerts.

"The Campus Activities Board of Davis & Elkins College is gearing up for the return of its annual celebration of warm weather and music at the Déjà vu Music Festival," said D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard.

"The Déjà vu Music Festival is the perfect way to celebrate spring in Elkins while listening to some of the hottest talents in music today."

The weekend begins with an art show hosted by the Davis & Elkins College Art Club. Students will sell artwork from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 in the Madden Center.

The music kicks off with up-and-coming band ELIM. The duo, brothers Mike and Mark Longhelt, mixes pop, hip-hop and electronica to get people moving.

Kingston follows. For his third full-length album, "Back 2 Life," Kingston blends his newly strengthened vocals with fiercely inventive electronic effects and hard-hitting live instrumentation. Like his 2007 self-titled debut and 2009's "Tomorrow," Kingston's latest work fuses reggae, hip-hop, R&B and electro to create melody-soaked pop.

For Kingston, the urge to achieve the powerfully vibrant sound that permeates "Back 2 Life" was born during his recovery from a 2011 jet skiing accident.

"This album's a really honest reflection of where I'm at in my life right now," Kingston said. "I'm proud that it shows everything, because it shows my growth, too."

Déjà vu festival events continue from noon to 4 p.m. on May 4 with a campus-wide activities fair. Activities on tap are an inflatable Moon Bounce, improvisation workshop, ultimate frisbee, tug-of-war, Angry Birds course, paintball target shooting and face painting.

Highlighting the evening's entertainment is country singer Justin Moore with opening act Clayton Anderson.

With a solid college fan base throughout the south and midwest, Anderson has recently played sold-out shows in Indiana and Illinois. He's opened for some the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. His independently released debut full-length album, "Torn Jeans & Tailgates," climbed as high as number 17 on the country album chart sales.

The high-energy show with Anderson and his band leads into more country flavor on the Déjà vu stage.

A native of Poyen, Ark., Moore grew up in a town with a population of 272. The sign with that declaration sits in his grandparents' front yard. He graduated from high school with 37 classmates.

Moore's sophomore album "Outlaws Like Me" debuted at number 1 upon its release in 2011, and quickly landed him his second number 1 along with a top 15.

Moore has toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. He is currently working on his third studio album.

The Déjà vu Music Festival will occur rain or shine. If weather is severe, the show will be moved inside to Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

Admission is $30 per person, per day for the general public and free to D&E students. Weekend ticket bundle and group discounts are available; call the Student Life Office at (304) 637-1211 for more information/purchase.Tickets can be purchased in the Student Life Office of Jennings Randolph Hall, by calling 800-594-TIXX (8499) or online at www.dne.musictoday.com.