New Found Glory to play Spring Jam
Issue date: 5/5/06 Section: Entertainment
My American Heart and Ernest Goodlife Band will be the special guest opening acts, along with this year's Battle of the Bands winners Polymer, Kef and France on Fire.
New Found Glory was chosen as a result of surveys conducted at last year's event, availability and cost.
The survey asked students what they thought of the show and what they would like to see for next year. Through the surveys, many students expressed a desire for the punk and alternative bands to perform at the University. "We did have [New Found Glory] in mind," said Amruta Gore, CAB director of traditions. "A lot of the bands that were requested were out of the CAB's price range, so we went with the genre. We have a list of bands that we'd like to contact, and then based on their availability, we attempt to book them."
CAB worked with a middle agent through Electric Factory Concerts that contacts entertainment on behalf of the organization.
Past Spring Jams have featured Common, The Roots, and Unwritten Law.
CAB went with the punk-pop genre due to popular demand by the students, and last year's survey. The last two Spring Jam performers were hip-hop acts.
"We were doing a lot of hip-hop and we wanted to see if we could go down another route with alternative," Gore said.
This year, Spring Jam will be held in the DAC at 3 p.m. on May 20.
According to the CAB press release, New Found Glory is "one of the most popular punk-pop bands today," and are "renown for their energetic live shows." In the past, the band has toured with Blink-182 and the Warped Tour. Their latest album, Catalyst, sold over 140,000 copies in its first week, and their fifth album will be released this fall.
San Diego's My American Heart was chosen because they are affiliated with New Found Glory. The band has previously toured with the Warped Tour and the Winter MySpace Tour. According to the CAB press release, their first album, The Meaning in the Makeup, was acclaimed as one of the breakout albums of 2005.
The Ernest Goodlife Band, who are originally from Boston, currently reside in Philadelphia. According to their Web site, the band performed at this past summer's Central PA Arts Fest as well as Musikfest '05. The Ernest Goodlife Band frequently plays in and around Philadelphia at venues such as Grape Street, World Cafe Live and Havana in New Hope, PA. They have also opened for artists such as Josh Kelley, The Earthtones, 10 Mile Tide, John Eddie and The Sugar Hill Gang.