Neon Trees to take stage in Hoop Tuesday

Neon Trees

After postponing dates from their upcoming fall tour, Neon Trees will still be coming to the Hooper Eblen Center on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for the S.O.L.O. concert hosted by Tennessee Tech University.   

The band thought it would have to cancel those dates after bassist Branden Campbell had open-heart surgery. 

“…Branden wouldn’t let us, thus the new abridged dates can be found on our website,” Neon Trees posted to their Facebook page. 

Neon Trees is an alternative pop band known for their upbeat tunes and clever lyrics. Some popular songs include “Everybody Talks” and “Sleeping With A Friend.”

Every year, Tech holds two music concerts for its students. This semester, the Student Government Association selected Neon Trees to perform. The selection process of choosing a group or artist is picked from a list that a Tech music contract company gives the SGA music committee. The list consists of groups and artists that are in the budget for Tech.  The opening act for Neon Trees will be Slow Hands.

“I’m actually not really sure who Slow Hands is or what his name is. It’s just the only person that we could get,” said SGA President Emily McDonald. “His flyer only had him and the name Slow Hands on it. But we are really excited for the Neon Trees to perform.”

McDonald went on to say that Neon Trees were students’ first pick with 631 votes followed by Bastille with 489 votes. Hot Chelle Rae, Capital Cities, Karmin and O.A.R. were also in the running for the alternative music choice.

This semester, over 2,740 tickets have been distributed. Junior Victoria Green got her tickets on Sept. 11 when Tech began distributing concert tickets.

“I’m so excited for the S.O.L.O. concert this semester,” said Green. “The last two semesters I wasn’t able to go because I had tests. But I heard that the Neon Trees were pretty good, so I’m pumped.”

Neon Trees tickets will be given out every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the RUC next to Room 115. The doors of the Hoop will open at 7 p.m. for students to begin taking their seats.

The tickets will be given out until the day of the concert, and they are free for all Tech students that are taking at least 12 hours and to graduate students that are taking nine hours or more.

“I got to go get my ticket before they run out,” said Madison Chumley, junior at Tech. “I’m always up for a free concert.”