Behrend announces concert plans

The Penn State Behrend Concert Committee announced Friday their selections – electropop duo 3OH!3 and rock band Motion City Soundtrac – to co-headline the Spring 2011 concert.

“My goal with it is to build something that’s more than a concert,” said Mike Kline, director of the Concert Committee. “I want something that Behrend can get excited about, something students can be actively involved in, hopefully have the bands come on to the campus a little earlier than just the concert.”

Part of that, and part of the reason why the two bands were selected, involved the option of “pre-concert” activities.

Pre-concert activities could include events similar to those that took place in fall with the Pringles Xtreme Campus Tour concert with JCole and We The Kings when the tour’s organizers set up booths and activities before the start of the concert.

The Concert Committee released a survey to the student body asking what type of show they wanted to see.

“I know people have a big problem with bringing the same type of show every year,” said Kline, who has been involved in the Concert Committee since his freshman year. “But if I was going to bring a rock alternative band, I wanted it to be different than Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind, and I think Motion City Soundtrack is more along the lines of All-American Rejects than those two.”

“They might not be as widespread in radio play, but their following is really hardcore,” he said.

Kline said that lessons learned during this fall’s J.Cole/We The Kings co-headlining performance made him hesitate to bring artists of dramatically varying types.

“It was a much smaller show but it really created, in my opinion, a really fractured audience,” he said.

The two bands together commanded a bill of $70,000. The fees for the bands will be paid from the Student Activity Fee.

Tickets for students will be $20 and will go on sale Feb. 21 at the RUB Desk in Reed. There will be a limit of two student tickets per ID.

The tickets for the general public will be $25 and go on sale Feb. 28. The show itself is scheduled for Thursday, April 14.


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