By Katie Weitkamp/Managing editor

Student Activities Council announced Monday tickets for this semester’s concert are on sale. Diamond Rio and Brian McComas will take the stage at Alumni Coliseum on April 19. According to Amber Jones, vice president of Student Activities Council, a concert committee came up with three possible bands to bring to campus to discuss openly in SAC. They then narrowed it down to two bands.

“It was between (Diamond Rio) and I think Montgomery Gentry, and we decided to go with Diamond Rio more so because Montgomery Gentry has been played a lot up at UK in Lexington,” Jones said.

Jey Marks, assistant director of student involvement and leadership, said Eastern had a couple bids on different country bands but received confirmation from Diamond Rio early this semester. SAC confirmed McComas last week.

Jones said the combination of Diamond Rio, an older country band, and Brian McComas, a newer country musician, will draw in fans of older and newer country eras.

“Brian McComas actually has a really good hit out, I think it’s called ‘99.9 Percent Sure.’ That’s good because Diamond Rio is a little bit of an older country group, and we wanted a younger opening act to meet all the needs of the audience,” Jones said.

Jones said SAC wanted a country act this semester because several students said they were interested in seeing country bands on campus.

“We haven’t had a country act since Rascal Flatts,” Jones said. “And a lot of people said they’d like to see another country act.”

Marks and Jones said they expect a good turnout from the campus and community because country music is popular in this area.

Tickets are on sale now at the Powell information desk. Full-time students’ tickets are $12 and 700 will be given access to the floor. To purchase these tickets students must present a valid student ID when buying tickets and when entering the concert. No credit cards or checks will be accepted.

Non-students can purchase tickets at any Ticketmaster location or for $20.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. April 19 in Alumni Coliseum.

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