Although his name does not exactly garner the same widespread attention that headliners like Katy Perry or Usher can, there is no doubt that almost everyone has at least heard a few of his infectious tunes, such as the radio hits “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up.”
Grammer’s 2012 self-titled debut album “Andy Grammer” has made a splash in today’s current pop scene. His music is bubbly, soulful and refreshingly positive. It also includes a degree of sentiment comparable to the Beatles’ “silly love songs.”
The music of Chris Wallace, his opening act, has a bit more of a dance and techno feel that is distinct from Grammer’s melodic and more laidback style. Wallace’s agent even calls him “‘the male Katy Perry.’”
According to senior Union Board member Kaitlyn Duling — one of two student organizers in charge of the event — choosing Grammer seemed to be the most appropriate choice when considering both the school’s financial limitations and the student body’s desire to host more well-known artists.
Union Board concert organizers senior Regina Rosenbrock, former Assistant Director of Campus Life Jil Gates and Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern have been working on making this event a reality since last year after seeing Grammer perform at a NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) conference.
It is no secret that Knox students are generally inclined to like the eccentric things in life — whether such interests pertain to fashion, music, books or lifestyles. Therefore, one might be surprised that Knox would invite a mainstream performer like Grammer since Union Board has generally hired up-and-coming bands and indie-based artists.
Past acts include Dan Deacon who performed last spring during Lincoln Fest and the Verve Pipe who performed at last year’s Flunk Day. According to the organizers, Grammer’s mainstream appeal would complement the broader homecoming weekend audience. Moreover, the catchy music both Grammer and Wallace produce further enhances homecoming’s positive and energetic atmosphere.
Grammer will be performing this Saturday in the Orpheum Theatre. The concert will begin at 9:15 p.m. with Wallace as the opening act. There are also tentative plans for having a meet-and-greet before the concert officially begins.
Transportation service in the form of vans and walking groups will be provided for students, alumni and faculty who also attend the fireworks event and may need a ride to the theater.
“If we’re able to pull this off, and I think we will be, then I think will have more of the administration’s support to pursue bigger artists if we can get them at a reasonable price,” Duling said.