By JESSICA PEREGOY
Ben Folds rocked the suburbs five years ago, and April 21, he will
rock the Tech campus.
Union Board’s Spring Concert will host Ben Folds in the
Thomas Assembly Center, located on Alabama Avenue.
“I can’t believe he’s coming here,” Patrick Mears, Union
Board production manager and a senior mechanical engineering major, said. “Ben
Folds just sort of worked out perfectly, and it’s incredible.”
The concert was made official last Thursday as the
contract finally made its way into the hands of the Union Board.
Mears said the concert will be inexpensive to students.
“You can’t beat paying 10 or 15 bucks for non-students to
see Ben Folds at Tech, whereas if you go to his shows anywhere else you’ll pay
anywhere from $30 to $60.”
The selected artists for this year’s concert had to meet
a certain price range and be able to fit Tech in on the group’s tours and Ben
Folds fit the bill, Mears said.
The date was posted on Ben Folds’ Web site and other
music news sites before Union Board even knew it was official, which began
spreading the news faster and farther than Union Board members expected, Mears
“Several people have called asking about tickets
already,” he said. “A guy from Jackson [Miss.] called, and even a priest came
in the office asking for tickets, saying he was so excited about [Folds]
Not only will the concert draw a crowd from surrounding
areas, but Tech students are excited about the news as well.
“I’m super freaking excited,” Mandi
Vidrine, a freshman general studies major, said.
“It’ll probably be pretty humorous. He’s such a crowd pleaser.”
Mears said he hopes for audience participation, a key to
Ben Folds’ performance, and looks forward to seeing someone as big and talented
as Folds performing on Tech’s campus.
“I just hope I get to see a few songs,” Mears said. “I’m
so glad he’s coming, but I’ll have to work the whole time.”
Greg Gauthier, a junior mechanical engineering major,
said Union Board’s selection is proof that the group has their finger on the
pulse of the campus.
“It’s great that we have a Union Board active enough to
know what kind of music we want and bring it here,” Gauthier said.
Mears said since the selection had been made and the
contract had been drawn out, there has not been an official Union Board meeting
to work out the details of the event, such as exact ticket prices, sale dates
and who will perform as the opener.
Students should wait for details to be announced or check
Union Board’s Web site at www.UnionBoard.com for more information.