Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Michelle Branch will give an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 26.
The STAR-sponsored concert will be held on South Campus, similar to the Sara Bareilles concert last spring. According to STAR programming intern Cassie Jacobson, Branch’s visit to campus is good timing.
“We really wanted to look for a different type of artist,” said Jacobson, a senior. “In the last couple years, it’s been typically male performers. [Branch] has a new CD coming out so it’s good timing. I think it will be a good show. I hope she’s well received.”
Before the concert, STAR will serve a barbecue behind O’Shaughnessy Science Hall. “Walking tacos” – made in a bag of taco chips mixed with ground beef, lettuce and tomatoes – will be dished out. Vegetarian walking tacos will also be available.
The construction on the new athletic center made STAR’s job of finding an act difficult.
“For Michelle, she was a suggestion from our agent,” Jacobson said. “It was really difficult finding a performer for this concert because of the limitations without the field house.”
This was also the only Saturday open this fall for a concert, because of other events going on around campus.
“I really like [outdoor concerts],” Jacobson said. “I think it’s a great experience and the weather was gorgeous last time.”
STAR will also sponsor Eric Hutchinson for a homecoming concert Oct. 10. This concert will be held in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Local singer/songwriter Ari Herstand will open for Hutchinson.
Mary Kenkel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org