The UW–Platteville Campus Programming and Relations team has booked two big names in the music industry to kick off the beginning of the academic year.
Black Stone Cherry and Thousand Foot Krutch will be the Welcome Back Fest bands on in an outdoor concert next to the Markee Student Center on the UW–Platteville campus Labor Day night, Monday, Sept. 7.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. with no carry-ins permitted.
CPR began its search for the Welcome Weekend band in January when it sat down and decided as a team which genre it should focus on this year. After much deliberation and considering the Dustin Lynch concert in April and A Great Big World last September, a rock concert was selected.
From there it was simply a matter of finding well known bands that would already be in the area to reduce the travel cost. Not only is it UW–Platteville’s first rock concert in years, but it will also be outdoors this year on the Markee West Lawn.
“I think the thing I am most excited for is that it will be outside this year no matter what,” said David Nevins, director of campus activities.
Black Stone Cherry, from Kentucky, performs a balance between hard rock and Southern rock. Their newest of four albums was “Magic Mountain” in 2014. The band’s hits include “White Trash Millionaire,” “Please Come In,” and “In My Blood.”
The band is led by Chris Robertson, the band’s singer and lead guitar. Other band members include guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young. Together they provide a sound that has been compared to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, and the Marshall Tucker Band.
They recently released news of their upcoming The Carnival of Madness tour to begin in 2016 with Shinedown, Halestorm, and Highly Suspect in the United Kingdom.
CPR members are just as excited about the opener Thousand Foot Krutch, as they are the headliner.
“They have a new song out right now that people are going crazy for, so this year we have students excited about both bands we are bringing,” said Nevins.
Students and the general public are encouraged to buy tickets before the school year starts because as the date gets closer, ticket prices will increase. Tickets can be purchased online at www.uwplatt.edu/box-office/tickets.