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Avett Brothers return to fans in Bloomington

Fans of The Avett Brothers will be glad to know that the band is returning to Bloomington-Normal this Thursday at the US Cellular Coliseum.

This is especially exciting given the fact that many ticketholders have been waiting to see the group since September when this concert was originally scheduled.

Jenna Fecht, the US Cellular Coliseum’s marketing and communications manager, was quoted in the Peoria “Journal Star” saying that “no reason was given by the promoter or the artist on why the show was postponed.”

Many local fans were disappointed to learn of the concert’s cancellation but were glad to know that it was being rescheduled rather than refunded.

“I was super excited to hear that The Avett Brothers were coming back to Bloomington,” senior acting major David Fisch said.

“I missed them when they came my sophomore year, and I was worried when they rescheduled that I would have rehearsal, but luckily, it worked out.”

The band last played in Bloomington in the fall of 2011. Since then, the band has gained recognition, mounting nationwide tours and appearing in a Gap ad, which featured Seth and Scott Avett.

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After the release of their commercial, and especially after the release of their most recent album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” which features a bit more editing than is typical of the group, fans worried that the group was beginning to sell out or go mainstream.

Something special about seeing The Avett Brothers is their playlists change from venue to venue, and they draw songs from as far back as their first album “Country Was,” which debuted in 2002. The band has clearly not forgotten its roots, and fans can always be sure that old favorites will be played.

If you are looking for something to do after the concert, an official after party will be held in Bloomington’s Castle Theatre.

The David Mayfield Parade, who opened for The Avett Brothers last time they were in town, will be playing. According to The David Mayfield Parade’s Facebook page, if you “bring your Avett Brothers ticket stub you can get in for just $7 at the door.”

The doors will open at 9 p.m., the show will begin at 10 p.m. and last until 1 a.m.

Tickets for The Avett Brothers concert are still available, though limited, through Ticketmaster.com or through the US Cellular Coliseum’s box office. For more information, call (309) 434-2843.

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