Concerts on same night make students choose

Andrew Lafrance

Andrew Lafrance

Two nationally known bands are competing for student’s attention.

On April 28, nationally recognized bands Hinder and Augustana are both traveling to Brookings. Hinder will be playing at the Swiftel Center, while Augustana will be performing on SDSU’s campus at the Performing Arts Center.

Hinder was scheduled to play before the Augustana concert was announced, but Tuesday night was the only time the University Program Council could bring Augustana to Brookings.

Kyle Jameson, a senior journalism major and president of UPC, said UPC had a list of bands that could route through Brookings.

“We have a price range and a list of bands that could come on that day. Augustana is a really good choice, but Tuesday was the only day they could visit SDSU.”

Jameson said it is unfortunate that both bands are on the same night, but he does not feel that there is any competition.

“Students should choose which band they like better. We just want to provide good entertainment on campus for the students who want to attend.”

Jenny Hammrich, director of sales and marketing at the Swiftel Center, agrees.

“It’s an unfortunate situation that students have to choose between two great bands.”

Hammrich said she is not worried about losing audience members to Augustana.

“Hinder will still bring in a huge audience. We are still selling 50 to 75 tickets per day, and we’ve sold over 3,000 tickets total.”

Tickets for the Augustana concert have been sold out.

Carly Zebell, a junior graphic design major, said it is a good experience for SDSU students to attend Augustana.

“It is a chance for students to experience an international band. Plus, it is free.”

Briana Troske, a mass communication major, said the cost of the Hinder concert was not any trouble for her.

“I bought my ticket to Hinder before the Augustana concert was announced,” Troske said. “But this price for what you get is a really good deal. If I had had to drive to Minnesota to see this concert, I could have spent over $100.”

For others, traveling is not such an issue. Madalyn Kovarik, a freshman biology and pre-medicine major who attends Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., said she is traveling to Brookings for the Augustana concert.

“Omaha has lots of awesome concerts every year, but I was really excited when I heard that Augustana would be playing at SDSU this April.”

Kovarik plans on driving up the day of the concert even if it means missing afternoon classes.

“It may be a four-hour drive between here and Brookings, but I will definitely be at SDSU for the concert.”

It is unusual for Brookings to have two such events on the same night. While April 28 will be a good day for students to experience different entertainment than usual, they will have to choose which band they prefer.

“I’m sure that I’ll go to one of them,” said Tyler Schmitz, a freshman math major. “I’m just not sure which yet.”

The Hinder concert beings at 7 p.m. in the Swiftel Arena, while Augustana starts playing at 8 p.m. in the PAC.