Eastern’s Student Activities Council won big as they announced the Joe Jonas-led pop band DNCE would headline the SAC Spring Concert with opening act Apollo LTD.
DNCE, popular for their current chart-topper Cake By The Ocean, will be performing at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their Best Tour Ever Tour before traveling as the opener for pop singer Selena Gomez’s Revival Tour.
The band, founded in the summer of 2015, has only released two singles and an EP titled SWAAY, but Eastern students flooded SAC’s Twitter account with excitement after the announcement on Feb. 26.
Lead singer Joe Jonas has been in the limelight alongside brothers Nick and Kevin after the formation of their band the Jonas Brothers, popular amongst teens in the late 2000s. With the help of talented musicians JinJoo Lee, Cole Whittle and Jack Lawless, Jonas was able to help progress his career post-teen popdom.
Lee, a self-taught guitarist from South Korea, traveled with CeeLo Green, Charlie XCX and Jordin Sparks during her career while maintaining a friendship with Jonas. As a founding member of Semi Precious Weapons, keyboardist Cole Whittle opened for Lady Gaga on her worldwide Monster Ball tour and drummer Jack Lawless dropped out of college his freshman year to join the Jonas Brothers during their fall 2006 tour and continued to stay in touch with Joe throughout his career.
Cake By The Ocean, the debut single from the pop-rock band from L.A., is a massive hit produced and inspired by Swedish partners Mattman & Robin, collaborators on popular albums such as Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Gwen Stefani’s This Is What The Truth Feels Like. While a debut album has yet to be announced, DNCE has continued to release singles and featured songs with pop artists such as Academy Award nominee and pop singer Hailee Steinfield.
DNCE’s performance at the SAC Spring Concert marks the first major performance of a popular artist in two years, following award-winning country musician Kacey Musgraves at the SAC 2013 Fall Concert.
Opening act Apollo LTD is also an exciting addition to the Spring Concert as the two have spent eight years writing and producing tracks for various bands in Nashville. The band have much experience in the music business and will serve an alternative-pop sound, complementary of the electric sounds of DNCE.
Tickets, starting at $15 for Eastern students, are still available for SAC 2016 Spring Concert presenting DNCE and Apollo LTD at the Center for the Arts box office or website. Contact 859-622-7469 or www.ekucenter.com for more details.