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Parachute drops in Blo-No

parachuteThe long awaited Parachute concert, presented by University Program Board (UPB), will be landing on ISU’s campus at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.

The event is free to all Illinois State students who present a valid student ID and $5 for general admission to the public at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Parachute has performed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and have had songs featured in shows such as MTV’s The City along with CW’s One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries and 90210.

Parachute’s songs “She is Love” and “Something to Believe In” reached the top 15 on iTunes while the song “Kiss Me Slowly” was number one on the iTunes rock list.

The two opening acts for the concert are Skyler, an up-and-coming solo artist, and My Red & Blue, a pop/rock project of Nashville singer Ben Eggebrecht.

All three acts were chosen by the Center Stage Committee of the UPB, who first heard Skyler while at a conference the UPB attended in the fall.

“We heard his music and felt that he would be the perfect fit for an opening act for Parachute,” Jenna Cusumano, Center Stage Chairperson of UPB, said.

Each act has a similar musical style and their set lists will include catchy pop rock songs. Parachute’s songs often focus on love or problems in life. Skyler’s songs show off his musical talents as a multi-instrumentalist, and My Red & Blue evokes a sense of nostalgia, inspired by Eggebrecht’s childhood and the innocence of youth.

The concert is sure to draw crowds, especially as it is free to students. Cusumano suggests that attendees get in line early to get a good seat.

“I expect the event to be pretty popular among the students and the community. We will be capping the event at 1,000 people so if you want to make sure you get in, I would come early before doors open.”

 

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