Welcome Back Fest to feature national recording acts

July 24, 2014

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Update, Aug. 29, 2014: Due to the unpredictable weather forecast, the concert will be relocated to UW-Platteville's Williams Fieldhouse.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Keeping with tradition of providing well-known entertainment, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will kick off the 2014-15 academic year with the annual, Welcome Back Fest. The festival, organized by Campus Programming and Relations, will include rides, food, games and a concert.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1 and will feature two national recording acts: the Las Vegas, Nev. rock band, The Cab, and the two-member musical group from New York City, N.Y., A Great Big World.

The night will kick off at 4 p.m. and will include activities such as zip-lining, blaster ball, euro bungee and rock wall climbing. In addition, the 2014 Great Mascot Race will occur at 7 p.m.  

The Cab is scheduled to open the concert and is best known for its 2011 hit single “Bad.” The band has released two albums; “Whisper War” in 2008, and the self-funded project, “Symphony Soldier,” in 2011. The band has toured with other well-known acts such as We the Kings, Panic! At the Disco, Cobra Starship, Dashboard Confessional and Plain White Tees. Their music is categorized as alternative-rock and their performances are often compared to those of Fall Out Boy and Hey Monday. The band was named one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know” by the Alternative Press magazine. The Cab has also released its new single “Lock Me Up” which is already receiving radio airtime.

The headlining act, A Great Big World, will take the stage at 9:15 p.m. The duo has become internationally known for hits like “This is the New Year,” which was featured on an episode of the popular television show “Glee,” and “Say Something” featuring Christina Aguilera which hit number one on the digital song chart, selling 189,000 copies during the first week of its release. The music video release for the song has been #VEVO certified, which signifies that the video has more than 100 million views. This success places A Great Big World with an elite club populated by superstars like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. The band has performed on shows such as “One Tree Hill,” “Good Morning America,” and the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

According to A Great Big World’s official website, the duo, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, are amazed by their success and have made chasing dreams a common theme among their songs, which is also reflected in the dynamics of their stage presence.

“It’s about committing to the fact that all we have is the moment,” Vaccarino reveals. “We only have right now. There is no future and no past, so we should do what we want to.”

Campus Programming and Relations works with organizations such as Creative Artists Agency, Degy Booking International and Paradigm to schedule these performances.

“We work with them and a middle agent who helps us with routing,” David Nevins, director of Campus Activities, said. “Meaning that it is convenient because these bands are already in the area. We help them out by filling one of their dates on their tour schedule and they help us out by providing outstanding cutting edge entertainment for students.”

CPR offers a variety of music to students by sticking to a schedule of alternating genres. Previous concerts have included acts such as Sick Puppies, Gloriana and Lady Antebellum.

“We try our best to switch it up each year. Last year was country superstars Chris Cagle and Jason Michael Carroll and this year is rock-pop,” said Nevins. “A Great Big World has several really good songs, and they put on a great show and same goes for The Cab.”

Nevins said that he, along with the staff at CPR, are always excited to announce well-known bands but also value introducing new music to students they otherwise may have never heard.

The concert will take place on west lawn outside the Markee Pioneer Student Center.

General admission tickets are available through Sept. 1 with early purchase discounts.  Prior to Aug. 15, tickets cost $11 for UW-Platteville students. Students purchasing tickets after Aug. 15 will pay $16. Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $20 for UW-Platteville students. Tickets sold prior to Aug. 15 for non-students will cost $16. Tickets sold to non-students after that date will cost $21. Tickets for non-students will cost $25 at the gate.

Sponsors for this event include Jimmy John’s, Walgreens, Dairy Queen, Country Kitchen, The Platteville Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin State Bank, Hartig Drug Store, Verizon B Mobile, Anytime Fitness, Culver’s, and Xtreme 107.1.

Contact: David Nevins, Pioneer Involvement Center, (608) 342-1483, nevinsd@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Shelby Le Duc, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, leducs@uwplatt.edu

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