April 17, 2012
The Band Perry was a 2012 Best New Artist Grammy nominee and winner of the 2011 American Country Music Top New Vocal Group Award. The band’s singles “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life” have both reached the No. 1 spot on country charts.
The Fray is a piano-based rock band whose hits include “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life.” The band’s third and latest album, “Scars & Stories,” was released in the United States earlier this year, with its single “Heartbeat” becoming a quick iTunes download favorite.
Now, both bands are heading to the Boro to co-headline Georgia Southern’s spring concert on Friday, April 20 at Paulson Stadium.
Dr. Vince Miller, interim associate vice president at GSU, explained how the university decided to feature two major acts as co-headliners for this year’s concert.
“The students wanted to make sure there was something for everyone and that we just didn’t always do a country artist in Paulson,” he said. “The students decided to pursue both bands, and it worked out where both were willing to perform together and had the same date open. We are excited about providing the variety on a large-scale show.”
The concert is funded by ticket sales and student activity fees and is sponsored by the University Programming Board, a combination of the former student groups Eagle Entertainment and Traditions Council that serves as the official programming board for GSU.
According to Dr. Miller, the university uses a middle agent to identify and negotiate with potential artists for major concerts such as Friday’s. In September 2011, the board decided on an outdoor spring concert and asked the university’s agent to provide a list of potential artists that would be touring along the East Coast this spring.
Before booking both bands, the programming board then used focus groups and social media polls to gather students’ opinions about which artists from the list they would like to see, both country and non-country.
“The Band Perry was the top country artist from the list, and The Fray was second to top on the non-country,” said Miller. “When pursuing artists, we are bound by who has decided they are touring early enough for us to start negotiations, who is touring in our region and who has dates open when we can get access to Paulson Stadium. A lot of factors go into finalizing the act.”
Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, and Georgia Southern students Carrie Loomis and Robert Cottle will open the show. The Band Perry will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by The Fray at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets to the concert are on sale now. Student tickets are $25 for the field and $20 for the stands (limit two per Eagle ID), and general admission tickets are $45 for the field and $40 for the stands. There will be a $5 increase for tickets purchased on the day of the show. Tickets are available for purchase at the University Store on campus or online at Etix.com
For more information on ticket sales, parking, rules for tailgating and general concert information, click here