Spring concert opening act announced

Luis Martinez, News Editor

With the Spring Concert being less than a month away, the band recently announced that the opening performance would be LOLO, a singer-songwriter from Jackson, Tenn.

Ceci Brinker, the director of student life, said fewer than 200 tickets are still available for purchase as of Tuesday.

LOLO, whose real name is Lauren Pritchard, first began writing songs when she was 14 years old, and her debut album “Wasted In Jackson” was released in October 2010.

Pritchard adopted her stage name in 2013 and is currently signed to DCD2 Records, which also includes Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Travis McCoy and Panic! At The Disco.

LOLO was also featured in the song “Miss Jackson” from Panic! At The Disco’s 2013 album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”

Brinker said the band let the university know who it chose its opening act for the spring performance.

Brinker said LOLO has performed with Panic! At The Disco before and has opened for the band previously.

“(LOLO) is not someone who I’m personally familiar with, but it sounds like students are familiar with this artist,” Brinker said. “We found who the artist was and then we were trying to make some adjustments in our marketing to list the artist in the marketing.”

Brinker said that the University Board will now update the posters to include LOLO as the opening act.

“As soon as we found out who the artist was, because it came in the form of ‘yes, they’ve announced who the opener is going to be,’ we were still waiting on getting information,” Brinker said.

She said the UB contacted the person in charge of marketing, and a new updated poster with information about LOLO should be made soon.

Brinker said more than 1,400 tickets were sold to students and more than 1,300 tickets sold to the general public.

“As of today, we have 1,441 student tickets sold at $20, and we have 1,380 tickets sold at $25 to the general public,” Brinker said.

She also said out of the total number of tickets, 50 were reserved for the band and their fan club, and 65 were reserved for special guests, which include the universities presidents.

“In this case, the university president, the VPs, we always have complimentary tickets to concert events for them,” Brinker said. “Believe it or not, all of them are using their tickets. It’s very rare.”

Panic! At the Disco featuring opening artist LOLO will perform at 8 p.m. in Lantz Arena on April 15.

 

Luis Martinez can be reached at 581- 2812 or [email protected]