R-SPaCE announces country artists to perform at 2014 spring concert

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By: Emily Bishop

Radford Students! Break out your cowboy boots and those long neck bottles, because this years spring concert artists have been announced.

Gloriana, Dustin Lynch and Brent Rupard are going to be performing at the Dedmon Center next month, all thanks to R-SPaCE.

Last semester a survey was put out for students to choose what genre of music they’d like to hear this spring, “based off of that and our budget, country was a huge, huge indicator since we are in Radford,” said Freddy Patterson, the concert director for R-SPaCE.

Gloriana is a band based out of the country capital, Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two men, who just happen to be brothers, Tom and Mike Gossin, who play guitar and sing. The third member of the group is Rachel Reinert, who plays the tambourine and sings as well. Their most recent hit singles are, “(Kissed You) Good Night” (2011) and “Can’t Shake You” (2012).

Up next is Dustin Lynch who started his country music career in Tullahoma, TN. Lynch released his debut single “Cowboys and Angels” (2012) and then “She Cranks My Tractor” (2013) which became his second top 20 hit. From personal experience, Lynch is awesome in concert; he was very involved with the crowd and having a good time on stage. (Ladies, he also wears really tight jeans…)

Last but not least is Brent Rupard (who I had never heard of until this week). I couldn’t find much about him looking online, but I did listen to some of his music and it sounds promising. If you get a chance, listen!

The concert will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Doors open at Dedmon at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25! Tickets can be purchased at the Bonnie by calling or ordering online.