After a week of posting hints on Twitter, the Augustana Union Board of Governors (UBG) revealed Friday that pop-rock bands Plain White T’s and Parachute will co-headline the annual Big Event on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Washington Pavilion.
Junior Big Event co-governor Emma Konold said the search for an artist starts at early as last spring. The committee looks to coordinate the best option based on who is touring, the artist’s fee, UBG’s budget and overall feasibility.
After narrowing the search down, “there ends up to be only a few options that are really workable,” Konold said. “This year’s event was one of our initial choices, and they happened to work out. We are all so excited for the concert.”
Last year, the Big Event committee brought both Phillip Phillips and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concerts to Augustana.
After considering other artists like Jason Mraz, Timeflies and OneRepublic, UBG decided to book double-headliners Plain White T’s and Parachute.
Although the reveal of Plain White T’s and Parachute nixed the chance of a VMA-like performance, students were not too disappointed.
“Obviously I was hoping for a Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus concert,” junior Maddie Moore said. “But Plain White T’s and Parachute works too.”
Chicago natives Plain White T’s earned two Grammy nominations in 2007 for “Hey There Delilah,” one of the band’s three platinum-certified tracks. Their newest EP, “Should’ve Gone to Bed,” was released on April 9.
Pop-rock quintet Parachute has released three albums since the band formed in 2008 while attending the University of Virginia. Parachute’s newest album, “Overnight,” was released on Aug. 13.
Prior to the reveal, UBG’s twitter page tried to build anticipation by hinting that the big event could be anyone from Clay Aiken, (“I’m just Aiken to find out what the big event is.”) to Nickelback, (“Those that opted in won’t ask for their Nickelback.”), to Miley Cyrus (“UBG is twerking really hard on the big event!”).
Some students, however, were a little less pleased with the big reveal.
“Last year set the bar pretty high with Macklemore and Phillip Phillips, so it becomes pretty anticlimactic to find out all the hype was for the Plain White T’s,” sophomore Becca Finley said.
Other students voiced opinions on the decision to book an evening of melodic pop-rock.
“I am actually a little disappointed in the pick because how many guys want to see Plain White T’s and Parachute?” sophomore Connor Auch said. “We might as well have a screening of ‘The Notebook’ before the concert.”
Still, student response has been positive overall.
“To book both Plain White T’s and Parachute at Augie, that’s an awesome big event,” freshman Naomi Rust said. “What other small school is managing that? It’s not like USF is going to bring in performers of that caliber.”
Among other technical aspects of big event planning, UBG is mindful to book artists with ticket prices that won’t break the bank for Augie students.
“We are trying to pick an artist for the students, as well as staying in our budget range,” Konold said.
UBG encourages both longtime fans and those unfamiliar with Plain White T’s and Parachute to attend.
“It will be a great show that you will not want to miss,” Konold said.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Ticket prices for Augustana students who chose to opt-in are $17.50 plus fees and tax. Tickets for students who did not opt-in are $27.50 plus fees and tax. Tickets for the general public cost $35 plus fees and tax.