Sarah Buckwald ’14, Staff Writer
In a surprise announcement, Merrimack’s Programming Board said the featured artist at this year’s annual concert will be The Band Perry, and students said they were thrilled with the decision.
“I’m really excited about The Band Perry coming,” said sophomore Brianna Burk. “I think it’s awesome that Merrimack is bringing country music for their spring concert.” The three members of the country music act are siblings: brothers Reid and Neil, who formed their own band in 2005, and later joined their older sister Kimberly.
The band signed with a record label in 2009, but it was another year before their breakout single, “If I Die Young.” The band’s first CD has sold more than 50,000 copies, and the Perrys have received recognition from listeners all over the country.
Tyler McCarthy of the Programming Board said, “I’m so excited to have a country artist coming to Merrimack! It will bring a new and exciting genre to Lawlor Arena!” Lauren Foster, the board’s 2013 co-concert chair, said that during the fall the board surveyed the student body about what musical genre they would like at the spring concert.
Country was the favorite, and once the vote was in the board started looking at different country performers. They chose The Band Perry because of its popularity. “The fact that The Band Perry’s (next) album drops so close to the concert is an awesome opportunity for students to catch a brand new show of one of the top country music acts,” Perry said.
“Pioneer,” the band’s sophomore album, is due for release on April 2. Student Government Association Treasurer Tim O’Leary said, “The Band Perry coming to Merrimack is the culmination of a lot of hard work on MPB’s Part. I’m so impressed that we were able to get such a famous group and look forward to the new album drop!”
Tickets will be on sale on Main Street during lunch and dinner next week. Student, guest, and public tickets are still available for purchase.