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March 14, 2008

9:36 AM

__UCAB secures Gym Class Heroes to perform April 2, Ying Yang Twins concert rescheduled__

p. Alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes will headline UCAB’s annual spring concert April 2 at 7 p.m. at Matoaka Amphitheatre.

p. UCAB also announced that the Ying Yang Twins show, which had originally been scheduled for March, has been moved to April 19 at 8 p.m. at Matoaka.

p. Gym Class Heroes is best known for its hits “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Clothes Off!” from the band’s 2006 album “As Cruel As School Children.” Their success earned them the award for Best New Artist at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

p. UCAB Executive Director Margo Collerd ’08 said that UCAB is hoping for a positive student response to the Gym Class Heroes.
“It’s the first concert on a weeknight, so hopefully more people can come out because it won’t conflict with other campus events,” Collerd said.

p. According to Collerd, UCAB is very pleased to have the funding and availability to have two concerts this spring.

p. “UCAB is really striving to bring diversity so it’s really great to bring two groups,” Collerd said. “It’s something William and Mary will do in the future since we hope to maximize both the number of concerts and quality and types of acts we bring.”

p. Because the band will already be in the area, UCAB was able to negotiate a discounted rate for Gym Class Heroes.

p. “We’ve been trying to book our second concert for a long time, we had a long list of ideas and had made many offers that were turned down by the artists, which is normal,” UCAB Music Chair Jeanna Occhiogrosso ’08 said. “The Gym Class Heroes … were playing at Virginia Tech and looking to add on an extra night. They offered a very competitive price, a better offer than what they would give most schools because they really wanted to add that extra night.”

p. Collerd also put to rest rumors that the Ying Yang Twins would be performing for free. “The website [Eventful.com] was just a way for their management to see who was interested in seeing them, Collerd said. “It was more of an opportunity for them to come here.”

p. Funding for the spring concerts has recently increased. The Student Assembly was able to allocate UCAB’s entire requested budget, $124,550, for the first time in recent history.

p. “We’ve allocated certain money from student activity fees and ticket sales, and we have increasingly more money from the Student Assembly, so we were able to budget for two bands,” Collerd said.

p. Advance tickets for Gym Class Heroes, with openers Tyga, I Am the Avalanche and KiDz In The Hall are $10 for students. Tickets purchased the day of the concert will be $12.

p. The prices for tickets to the Ying Yang Twins concert, with opener The Syndicate, are $8 for students in advance, and $10 the day of the performance. Special discount combined tickets for the two concerts will be offered at a price of $15. “It’s a really great opportunity for students to attend two great concerts at a low price,” Collerd said.

p. Tickets can be purchased at the College box office at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall or at www.wm.edu/boxoffice.

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