The Western Activities Council announced which artists will be following in Ludacris’ footsteps headlining the 2016 spring concert.
Country duo Maddie and Tae is set to take the stage April 16 at the St. Joseph Civic Arena. The group has released one album titled ‘Start Here’, and has three singles released, including ‘Girl in a Country Song’.
Although Maddie and Tae is beginning to gain noteriety, WAC Chair of Concert Dylan Barnes says the duo wasn’t their first choice as headliner for the show.
“We looked at Sam Hunt as an option, who actually went up in price unfortunately, Easton Corbin, Dan and Shay and Parmalee, but for everyone either the contract didn’t go through, they went up in money or they just said no,” Barnes said.
Each year a certain amount of money is selected and set aside in the WAC budget to use when booking a headliner for the concert.
“The budget, we mainly set up the largest fund that we can to begin with for the spring concert just to keep our options open,” Barnes said. “ So this semester we left a hundred thousand of what we had, I believe.”
In an effort to boost attendance for this year’s concert, meet and greet passes have been added as ticket options for students and faculty. These passes come with a meet and greet and green room experience.
WAC also announced that they will be giving out a free meet and greet pass, or golden ticket, to a student every month until the show.
The council explains why country was chosen as the genre for the spring concert after they received negative feedback last semester for booking a Rap and R&B artist.
“Every semester you’re going to get good and bad reviews,” Barnes said. “Last semester we had people coming up to me saying ‘oh what happened to country, we’ve had hip hop and R&B for the past four years, where’s our other options’?”
Although country seemed to be the most popular music genre choice for the concert, some students seem to be upset by the decision.
The Griffon News ran a Twitter poll after the choice for spring concert headliner was announced. The poll, with 91 votes, resulted in 47 percent of the voters saying they don’t know who Maddie and Tae is.
Twenty-three percent of the voters announced they thought the choice was super cool, and the remaining 30 percent said they would have preferred someone else.
Other students, like senior and elementary education major, Alex Steilen, are excited to see Maddie and Tae headlining the show.
“I love country music and Maddie and Tae have great songs,” Steilen said. “I’m really excited we got country artists who have been on the radio, and I know most of their songs and most of the words to them.”
MWSU freshman and nursing major Emma Martinez says she doesn’t know who Maddie and Tae is, but is looking forward to going to the concert anyways.
“I think it will be a cool experience, I mean concerts are always fun,” Martinez said.
Opening for Maddie and Tae is country duo Brothers Osborne. Tickets are on sale now for five dollars until February 29, and go up to seven dollars until the day of the show.
For more information on the concert or how to get tickets, contact Dylan Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.