The annual music bash that is Commodore Quake is back again. Students, alumni, and Nashvillians alike can get excited for two more huge musical acts to take the stage at Memorial Gym on Friday, October 23. This year, The Music Group is excited to present The Band Perry and Third Eye Blind.
Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, the siblings of The Band Perry have been pumping out country hits for years. Starting with their massive single “If I Die Young,” which took the top spot on the Billboard Country charts and went six times platinum, The Band Perry leapt to the forefront of the national country scene and never looked back. Following the success of their first hit, the band’s self-titled debut EP hit number 2 on the Billboard Country chart and also went platinum. Their popularity garnered them a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song and netted them the Best New Artist award at the CMA Awards. Pioneer, the group’s second album, demonstrated a mature progression as the trio continued to find the sound that puts them at the forefront of popular country today. The band then released two more singles, “DONE,” and “Better Dig Two,” which grabbed the top spots on the U.S. Country Airplay list with the latter also taking the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard Country list for multiple weeks. After releasing Pioneer, the band joined country superstars Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton in separate tours across the country. Between the releases of their studio albums, The Band Perry also toured with Rascal Flatts on their “Live and Loud Tour” and Brad Paisley on his “Virtual Reality Tour”. Most recently, the band has continued its pre-eminence in country with the single “Gentle on My Mind,” which was also good enough to win them the Grammy Award for Best Song by a Country Duo/Group Performance.
Third Eye Blind is known as the band that overwhelmed the 90’s with hits such as “Semi-Charmed Life,” which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Track of the year in 1997. The group formed in San Francisco in 1993 when Stephen Jenkins, a northern California solo act, decided to put together a band, recruiting bassist Arion Salazar, Kevin Cadogan, and former Counting Crows drummer Brad Hargreaves. Their self- titled debut album, Third Eye Blind, was a smash hit. It reached number 25 on the US Hot 100, sold 6 million copies in the US, and included three top 10 singles. They spent the next three years touring with bands such as U2 and Oasis. Their second album, Blue, was released in 1999, selling 1.25 million copies nationwide, with “Never Let You Go” reaching similar success as an earlier single. The band toured internationally for many years before taking a break to perform only for charity, including for the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Breathe Benefit Concert in Los Angeles. The early 2000s brought the releases of albums Out of the Vein and Ursa Major, the latter of which was released under their own label, Mega Collider Records. Ursa Major topped the Billboard Rock Albums chart, Top Alternative Albums chart, and Top Digital Albums chart. Their most recent album, Dopamine, which the band started working on as early as 2010, was released in 2015 with the single “Everything is Easy.”
“We are incredibly excited to bring two fantastic bands to Vanderbilt’s campus,” said Music Group Chair, Kern Vohra, when asked about this year’s Quake Lineup. “This is going to be a great year for Quake, and I can speak for everyone on The Music Group when I say that we are all beyond happy to be a part of it.”
Tickets are available to the general public and will go on sale Monday, August 3rd at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 18007453000. Tickets can also be purchased with no service fees included only at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. For general event information, call 6153222425. For more information, visit http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/commodorequake/ or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/commodorequake.
ABOUT VANDERBILT ARTS & CAMPUS EVENTS
The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Arts & Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The mission of Arts & Campus Events is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student-run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.