Friday, February 29, 2008

Gracin to grace SMU March 13

By Kaylin Martin
Cardinal Staff

Josh Gracin, a country music artist who got his start as a fourth-place finalist on the second season of “American Idol,” will perform at Saint Mary’s University on Thursday, March 13.

Gracin’s 2004 self-titled album has sold over 750,000 copies and has produced four top-five singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart, including his number one hit, “Nothin’ to Lose.”

This concert is a change from past spring concerts hosted by the Student Activities Committee. Previous concerts have headlined bands such as Three Days Grace, Motion City Soundtrack and Cartel.

Gracin is bound to bring in a similar size, but different type of crowd, said Neil Olstad, one of three concert chairs on the Student Activities Committee.

“We wanted to change things up and please a different fan base,” said Olstad. “That’s why we looked into other genres of music.”

Olstad and the other concert chairs narrowed the field down to hip-hop and country, choosing between Atmosphere, a well-known hip-hop group from the Twin Cities, or Josh Gracin.

“The deciding factor, though, came down to who was available to perform on the date we wanted,” said Olstad.

In spite of the change, students at Saint Mary’s seem to be just as excited for a country artist.

“I don’t think people know how many country music fans we have on campus,” said senior Abby Rosenthal. “It will be nice to have a concert that appeals to a different group of students.”

Doors open for the concert at 7 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s gymnasium. Saint Mary’s students receive one free ticket for the concert and can purchase additional tickets for $10 each. Students must present their ID when picking up tickets at the SMU box office in Page Theater.

Tickets are $10 for SMU faculty and staff and $15 for the public.

More information about Josh Gracin is available at his website:

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