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The Blue & Gray Press | February 18, 2018

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Jimmy Eat World Set to Rock Dodd Auditorium Next Wednesday

Jimmy Eat World Set to Rock Dodd Auditorium Next Wednesday

Jimmy Eat World will rock Dodd Auditorium next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Giant Productions, the student-run organization who provides and coordinates the music events on campus, picked Jimmy Eat World as this spring’s act.
Co-chairman Justin Thompson explained the reasoning for picking Jimmy Eat World to perform.

”Our reasoning is that people have at least a few Jimmy Eat World songs that they like,” Thompson said. “So we felt it was a good choice. We were lucky to get them.”
Thompson said that student feedback to the choice has been positive.

“When we announced it, people had a strong reaction,” he said. “It has been selling well. We will probably be at capacity, if not sold out.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. so show up early to see David Bazan, of Pedro the Lion fame, and his band open the show.

Often considered trailblazers for the second-wave emo movement, Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993.

After heavy touring, the band eventually signed with Columbia Records in 1995 and released their major label debut, “Static Prevails,” the following year.
It wouldn’t be until 1999 that the band would release their critically embraced, but commercially ignored “Clarity.”

Despite achieving a small cult following of fans, the band struggled to find their footing. This all changed when the group began to see a dramatic surge of popularity from their 2001 album, “Bleed American.”

The album produced one Top 40 single, “The Middle,” and its follow-up single, “Sweetness,” which both topped modern rock radio and were MTV favorites.

Since then, the band has released three additional albums furthering their growth as a band, most recently was last year’s “Invented.”

Tickets are on sale now in the OSACS office under the Washington Diner of Seaco. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. For students, tickets are $10; for non-students, tickets are $20.