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Andy Grammer to perform Wednesday

Andy Grammer to perform Wednesday

October 08
23:29 2012

Melissa Wylie / Intern

Andy Grammer, known for his hit radio singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” will perform a concert this Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Library Mall.

Grammer’s performance, presented by the University Program Council, will fill a 60 to 75 minute time slot. Pop-rock singer Chris Wallace will be the opening act.

UPC president and chemistry senior Elizabeth Acosta said Grammer was chosen to perform at UNT based on his popularity at the National Association for Campus Activities conference this past February.

Acosta said she and other UPC members joined representatives from colleges across the country at the three-day conference in Charlotte, N.C. The conference showcased various acts that could be brought to UNT.

UPC program coordinator Molly Orr said Grammer’s show at the NACA convention was well- liked and drew in a large crowd.

“He had high energy,” Orr said. “There were a lot of students there, and they were definitely engaged in the performance.”

Acosta said coordinators then inquired about hosting Grammer and found the artist to be a fitting choice.
“UPC has talked about bringing big names to campus,” Acosta said. “This was a great opportunity at a really affordable price.”

Grammer will join the list of other national stars that have performed at UNT, such as Lupe Fiasco in 2007 and Reckless Kelly last spring.

Orr said students request more on-campus concerts, and UPC aims to bring notable artists that will also appeal to varying musical tastes.

“Though [Grammer] might not be super well-known, this will be used to gauge whether or not to continue on in this direction,” Orr said. “We’ll see what reactions we get from students and where to go from here.”

Acosta said UPC is working with the Student Government Association to create a way for students to vote for artists they would like to see.

Undecided sophomore Lya Thomas, a longtime Grammer fan, said she is eager to attend the concert and is inviting friends to take advantage of the free show.

Thomas said that while some students have not recognized Grammer’s name, they know his popular songs.
She said Grammer’s lesser-known music will be equally appealing to fans of the hits.

“His lyrics are understandable when he sings, and his music flows,” Thomas said. “I think the Library Mall is going to be packed.”

Wednesday’s concert will make UNT Grammer’s first campus stop as he begins his tour to universities across the country, Orr said.

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