“This was probably the funnest college show that we’ve had,” said Jana Kramer, country singer and headliner for the SUAB concert. “Everyone was really engaged, interacting, enthusiastic and fun, and there were some really special moments. It was a great crowd.”
Kramer, a “One Tree Hill” actress turned singer, performed with her band in DPAC on March 5.
During the concert Kramer sang her new single “I Got the Boy.”
“It was a true story about my high school sweetheart Matthew,” said Kramer. “So the first time I heard the song I was like, ‘This is my song.’ I feel like everyone can relate to it, even if it’s not about their high school sweetheart.”
Despite snow delaying Kramer’s plane, the concert was not rescheduled. The opening band, however, cancelled at 3 p.m. the day of the show due to the weather.
SUAB Concert Co-Chairs Denae Pieroni and Maddie Alper were able to find three students to open for Kramer.
“With three openers instead of one, there was a little bit of a time change that we had to work out in order to still get Kramer on stage by 9, but it ended up working out,” said Pieroni.
Junior Anthony Martel, senior Molly Buckley and sophomore Kaitlyn Gordon were able to prepare and perform with a few hours’ notice.
Ram Idol winner Gordon sang three covers on stage as the first opener of the night.
“If I had a couple weeks to prepare,” Gordon said, “I would have psyched myself out. It was overwhelming, but I couldn’t give up on an opportunity like that.”
Martel played the acoustic guitar and sang original songs titled “Reason for your Company,” “Join Singing” and “I Don’t Want to Feel This Way Every Day But…”
Buckley played two songs concluding student performances.
“It was so much fun to be up there performing,” Buckley said. “The audience was clapping, singing along and it just seemed like everyone had fun. My friends all came out to support and made a beautiful sign for me, which meant more to me than I think they’ll ever know.”
The organization of this year’s concert started with the election of the concert co-chairs last April. After SUAB’s general board voted on the genre of music they preferred, the chairs booked an artist. In the fall, the main focus was on publicity and advertising.
In the spring semester, their work increased. Ticket sales, designing T-shirts, booking a room and organizing the concert committee all occur within three months.
“Music has always been a passion of mine, so to get the chance to do something like this was really exciting for me, and I learned so much,” said Peironi. “Although there were a few obstacles along the way, it was all worth it in the end, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”
Photos by Brad Leuchte