“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips and emerging band Neon Trees, with opening duo Twenty One Pilots, will take the stage at the UWG Coliseum on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
Emily Teitelbaum, assistant director of student events for the university, said the lineup may seem to skew young, but it will be a show for all ages.
“We’ve had a pretty large number of faculty and staff members buying tickets, which I didn’t really expect,” Teitelbaum said. “I guess the name recognition helped, with people hearing the bands’ songs on the radio and in commercials, and with Phillip having the ‘American Idol’ connection, which brings him a lot of notoriety around here.”
The university’s Center for Student Involvement is sponsoring and hosting the concert.
The assistant director of major concerts said that while many may not recognize Neon Trees, an alternative rock band formed in 2005, by name, they will certainly recognize some of the band’s songs, which have been featured in commercials for several years running.
Teitelbaum said that in forming the lineup, she wanted to bring a few genres previously unseen at UWG.
“We’ve had hip-hop and country acts in the past couple of years,” Teitelbaum said, referencing recent concerts featuring Ludacris and The Band Perry. “This year, we wanted to switch up the genres and do more of a pop/rock lineup.”
Having the three acts all together at once is something Teitelbaum thinks will provide an exciting evening of entertainment for anyone who attends.
“We’re excited to have this dynamic lineup that should interest a wide range of people in our community,” Teitelbaum said. “It should be a great show — they’re all entertainers at heart, and they all put on a dynamic set of music.”
Phillip Phillips, a native of Leesburg, Ga., gained fame in early 2012 when he competed in and won in the 11th season of American Idol.
Phillips, who first pursued music at age 14, is known for his “rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills,” a press release reports.
After high school, the 21-year-old began studying industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College while working part-time in his family’s pawn shop. He auditioned for the reality singing competition in summer 2011, eventually winning after a record-breaking 132 million votes were cast.
Phillips released his debut album, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” later in 2012, which included his debut single, “Home,” which has sold more than 4 million copies since its release.
Neon Trees, an alternative rock band formed in Provo, Utah, in 2005, with origins in Southern California, had its No. 1 single “Animal” peak on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2010.
The band didn’t receive national exposure until late 2008, when it was chosen as openers for several of The Killers’ North American tour dates.
Neon Trees is currently touring with Maroon 5 and Owl City, and will appear at Philips Arena later this month.
All four members of the alternative band are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Twenty One Pilots, a duo comprised of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, has earned widespread applause for their energetic live sets and distinctive fusion of piano-driven pop and lyrical uplifts, the band’s website reports.
The duo has built a “fervent national following via their electrifying live performances” and has been named one of the top 10 bands to “watch out for” by MTV, Teitelbaum said.
Floor seats at the April 19 concert are already sold out, with bleacher seats in the Coliseum going fast.
Tickets concert can be purchased at the box office at the Townsend Center on UWG’s campus, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased by phone by calling 678-839-4722 or by going online to www.townsendcenter.org, though an online purchasing fee will be applied.
Teitelbaum said tickets, currently priced at $25 for the public, will go up in price by $5 if purchased on the day of the show.
Tickets for students, staff and faculty are $15, with the same $5 price increase on the day of the show.