Rodney Atkins to Play First Day of Classes Concert at U of I
July 16, 2018
Academy of Country Music (ACM) award winner and recording artist Rodney Atkins will headline a concert for returning University of Idaho students and the greater Palouse community Monday, Aug. 20, on the first day of fall semester classes.
Atkins is a six-time ACM nominee and 2006 winner for Top Male Vocalist. His hits include “Farmer’s Daughter,” “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and new releases “Take a Back Road” and “Caught Up in the Country.” Atkins has been a part of country music for more than two decades and mixes the values of hard work, honesty and country living with the power of storytelling into his music.
Singer-songwriter Lugas Hoge, whose 2017 album “Dirty South” reached the top of the Billboard Top Country Music Album chart, will serve as the opening act for the performance, set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 on the U of I SprinTurf field next to the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.
Students of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council and Vandal Entertainment, in collaboration with U of I Events and Support Services, are bringing Atkins and Hoge for the academic year kickoff concert.
“We decided as IFC, to put on an event to show that fraternity men at U of I are striving to create a fun and positive college experience and to build a stronger connection with the community members,” said Sammy Crofoot, president of the IFC.
Vandal Entertainment has been working to bring a country artist to campus for some time, said Hagen Hunsaker, concerts chair for the event promotion student group.
“We’ve heard from our students that they want more diverse musical acts and we’re really excited to be able to host this for them,” Hunsaker said.
Gates for the Aug. 20 concert open at 6 p.m. for students and 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Attendees may bring chairs and blankets to the family friendly event. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Admission is free for students with a valid VandalCard. General admission tickets cost $15 and go on sale today, July 16, through the U of I Ticket Office. Tickets are available in person, online at www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice, or by calling 208-885-6466.
More information on the show is available at www.uidaho.edu/rodneyatkins.
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