Doors Open at 7 PM
Show Starts at 8 PM
FSU's Homecoming Live, sponsored by the Student Government Association, is an annual evening of entertainment, and fun held on the night before Florida State University's Homecoming football game. Since the inaugural 1948 pep rally, Homecoming Live has evolved into a full night of events. Homecoming Live features performances by the FSU cheerleaders, the Golden Girls, the Marching Chiefs, and various other student organizations. Attendees also get to experience the crowning of the newest Homecoming Chief and Princess. Homecoming Live culminates with a headlining comedian or music artist.
FSU students with valid FSUCard and student email can reserve a ticket through the Tucker Center's ticket system.
Tickets are limited.
Discounted tickets for FAMU and TCC students will be available online and are limited to one (1) ticket per student ID and are $15.00 with advanced purchase and $20.00 day of show.
Tickets are limited and prices shown do not include taxes and fees.
General Admission tickets will be $20.00 with advanced purchase and $25.00 day of show.
Reserved Seating tickets will be $30.00 with advanced purchase and $35.00 day of show.
Tickets are limited and prices shown do not include taxes and fees.
All ticket holders and their belongings will be searched upon entry into Tucker Center. If ticket holders elect not to consent to the searches, they will be denied entry into the Tucker Center without refund.
Any item deemed by management to be dangerous, inappropriate or disruptive to other fans' enjoyment of the event will be confiscated.
The noun "powwow" comes from the Narragansett Eastern Algonquian language. While direct translations to English vary, the underlying definition is any gathering of Native people. The modern powwow has evolved from the Grass Dance Societies that formed in the 1800s. This was originally a social event that allowed Tribes to re-enact treaties as their members witnessed. This event would later become the one of the only means for Native people to preserve their culture. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 led to the displacement of Native Americans as Tribes east of the Mississippi River were forced to surrender their land and move to designated lands in the west. As the U.S. government focused on expanding west, it passed the Indian Appropriations Act of 1851. Native Americans were then displaced into more restricted lands we now know as reservations. During this removal period, many Tribes were forced to share the land with Tribes they had poor relationships with and/or Tribes unknown to them. This systemic approach to oppress and eradicate Native Americans continued by typical ceremonies and customs being prohibited at reservations. However, Grass Dance Societies were permitted. Native Americans began to realize the only way for their culture to survive was to compromise and compile. Therefore, "Inter-Tribalism" grew as songs, dances, clothing, food, and art were shared. This event was used by the Native people to keep their identities alive, and it would later become known as a powwow in the mid-1900s.
The 2020-2021 Homecoming Executive Council made the decision to change the name of the Homecoming student pep rally from "Pow Wow" to "Homecoming Live". Read the attached press release to learn more about the decision.
|1965||Peter, Paul, and Mary||Tully|
|1968||Ray Charles & The Raelettes||Tully|
|1969||Stevie Wonder, Bar Kays, Oliver, Jennifer Warnes, Stu Gilliam||Stadium|
|1970||Chambers Brothers and Sugarloaf||Stadium|
|1971||Ike and Tina Turner||Stadium|
|1972||Associatioin, Bob Seger, Brownsville Station||Stadium|
|1973||The Fantasmagical Flash & Filigree Holocaust Flash Cadilac, Steve Martin, and more…||Stadium|
|1974||Seals and Croft||Stadium|
|1975||Stephen Stills and the Outlaws||Stadium|
|1976||Cheech and Chong, Little River Band, Meisburg & Walters||Stadium|
|1977||Kris Kristofferson, Rita Collidge, Billy Swan, Barbara Carroll||Stadium|
|1978||Winter Brothers Band||Union Green|
|1979||Bill Cosby, Sea Level, Leroux||Stadium|
|1980||Little River Band, Dirt Band||Stadium|
|1981||Beach Boys||Civic Center|
|1982||Bob Hope, Gary U.S. Bonds||Civic Center|
|1983||Talking Heads||Civic Center|
|1984||Chicago, Alan Kaye||Civic Center|
|1985||Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves, Sam Moore||Civic Center|
|1986||Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reffer Band||Civic Center|
|1987||The Outfield, Jimmy Davis, & Junction||Civic Center|
|1988||Rod Stewart||Civic Center|
|1989||Jay Leno, Cherelle||Stadium|
|1990||Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Richard Jeni||Civic Center|
|1991||Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxworthy||Civic Center|
|1992||Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Nealon, J. Sweeney||Civic Center|
|1993||Howie Mandel||Civic Center|
|1994||Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Spencer||Civic Center|
|1995||Adam Sandler||Civic Center|
|1996||Carrot Top||Civic Center|
|1997||David Spade, J.B. Cook||Civic Center|
|1998||Jay Mohr||Civic Center|
|2000||Dave Chapelle||Civic Center|
|2001||Andy Dick, Vic Henly||Civic Center|
|2002||Dane Cook||Civic Center|
|2003||Cedric "The Entertainer"||Civic Center|
|2004||Larry the Cable Guy||Civic Center|
|2005||Carlos Mencia||Civic Center|
|2006||Stephen Colbert||Civic Center|
|2007||Sarah Silverman||Civic Center|
|2008||Jimmy Fallon||Civic Center|
|2009||Jim Gaffigan||Civic Center|
|2010||Fred Armisen and John Oliver||Civic Center|
|2011||Craig Ferguson||Civic Center|
|2012||Kathy Griffin||Civic Center|
|2013||Nick Offerman and Retta||Civic Center|
|2014||Kenan Thompson and Colin Jost||Civic Center|
|2015||Amy Schumer||Civic Center|
|2016||Whitney Cummings||Civic Center|
|2017||Hannibal Buress with Jak Knight||Civic Center|
|2018||Nick Kroll||Civic Center|
|2019||Pete Davidson with Ricky Velez||Civic Center|
|Spring 2021||Mary Beth Barone and Sydney Washington||Stadium|
The name Pow Wow was taken from the word powwow in Indigenous cultures across the United States. The FSU Homecoming Council felt as if this use of the word was not appropriate for what the event was, as it did not highlight any of the culture that the name came from. The FSU Homecoming Council made the decision to change the name to "Homecoming Live" because it felt more aligned with what the event was: a student focused, live event spotlighting the accomplishments of our students, alumni, community, etc. and showcasing what makes FSU the best university. The previous name was also not in line with the values of diversity and inclusion that the students on Homecoming Council feel are important.
The name Pow Wow was taken from the word powwow in Indigenous cultures across the United States. Today, powwows feature songs, dances, clothing, food, and art that are shared to honor the history of Indigenous customs, stories, and heritage. The FSU Homecoming Council felt as if this use of the word was not appropriate for what the event was, as it did not highlight any of the culture that the name came from. For more information on the history of powwow, visit our website http://homecoming.fsu.edu/events/hc-live#history.
Homecoming is a student led tradition with each elected council contributing to their year’s events in different ways. However, we intend to make the name "Homecoming Live" stick around by working to reflect the name change in Student Government Association statutes.
The initiative to change the name Pow Wow started with Homecoming Council members and the effort has been discussed with university administration to make the name change possible.
The FSU Homecoming Council has been working on making changes to the website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more to better reflect the new name, "Homecoming Live". Many changes have been made, but there is still work to be done, including ensuring that all 2021 Spring Homecoming schedules and posts say "Homecoming Live" instead of "Pow Wow". Our website changes will include a section which will provide a brief history of the origin of powwows in Indigenous cultures.
Homecoming Live is an annual pep rally featuring student performers, comedians or music artists, Chief and Princess reveal, and more! With COVID-19 impacts, the event will look different from previous pep rallies as we strive to put on the most inclusive event possible. Students must adhere to Univeristy policies and face covering or mask are expected at all times when inside any FSU facility, including our sports venues, even if you are vaccinated.
For more information, contact Dr. Felicia Williams, Director of Student Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 644-6673.