The Avett Brothers to perform S.O.L.O. concert at the Hoop

THE BALLAD OF LOVE AND HATE – The Avett Brothers will perform at Tech on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Doors to the Hooper Eblen Center open at 7 p.m. 

The Avett Brothers are coming to Tennessee Tech for the fall S.O.L.O. concert Tuesday, Oct. 20. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Hooper Eblen Center with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The Avett Brothers are a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band consists of brothers Scott and Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon. Their most popular songs include “I and Love and You” and “Live and Die.” Their music has appeared in TV shows such as “One Tree Hill” and “Friday Night Lights.”

The concert will support their 2013 album “Magpie and the Dandelion,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. The band has also played headlining sets at major music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, The Hangout and Lollapalooza. Rolling Stone magazine has called the band’s performances “intense gigs that veer into gospel singalongs and old-timey ballads.”

Like other S.O.L.O. concerts in the past, overall opinion about the event seems to be divided. Online response on sites such as Yik Yak and Tech Confessions expressed disinterest about the event.

“I don’t know who they are,” said senior Alex Nail. “I’ve never heard of them in my life and don’t see how they won over Hozier or Nick Jonas.”

However, some people are still looking forward to the upcoming show.

“I am very excited to see The Avett Brothers live,” said junior Kacie Maeda. “I’ve heard they are incredible, and this is one of the better picks we’ve had since I’ve been enrolled.”

The Suffers is scheduled to open the show said SGA President Bobby Adams. The band is a ten-piece ensemble from Houston who, according to their website, “are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast soul.” Their debut EP, “Make Some Room,” was released earlier this year to favorable reviews.

As reported earlier this semester, rules for S.O.L.O. events have changed since last spring’s Juicy J concert. According to the new S.O.L.O. policy, in addition to the tickets, students must have either their Eagle Card or valid ID to be admitted into the concert. No one under 18 will be allowed to attend the show unless they are a Tech student.

Tickets for the show are still available.

“Students who have not yet picked up their tickets for the show can get their tickets at the TTU Marketplace, which is accessible through Tech’s website,” said Adams. “Faculty, staff and part-time students can purchase tickets for $15, which is the same price full-time students pay with their tuition.”