By Olivia Buster, ’20 and Sanam Parwani, ’19
No matter what your music taste is, the upcoming concert season has a lot to offer. With artists like Bon Jovi, Panic! at the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Hippo Campus there is a concert for everyone.
◆ When : March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
◆ Location: Nationwide Arena
◆ Touring with: Victory Monet, Little Mix
◆ Ticket Price: $29-$199
Grande performs live during her Honeymoon tour.
About Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande is a pop artist who sang in broadway, then switched to television roles. Her biggest acting gig was Cat in the Nickelodeon show, Victorious.Victorious ended February 2, 2013, but Grande continued to do well in the music industry. Grande’s song, “The Way” landed top ten in the U.S. Her accomplishments grew, Grande being nominated for two Grammy Awards and winning three music awards. The album Dangerous Women, released May 20, features songs related to woman empowerment. Grande told Billboard “I want to be empowering my fans,” she added. “I feel like my personal growth is reflected in the sound. I’m really proud of it… To me, a dangerous woman is someone who’s not afraid to take a stand, be herself and to be honest.” Freshman, Ramya Pandian recalls Grande’s song Problem from her 2014 Album, My Everything. “Her song Problem was layered very well, and the lyrics really fit well with the accompaniment.” To Pandian, the song sends across a strong message. “You should get rid of your problems, and not carry them with you wherever you go.”
◆ When: April 6 at 7 p.m.
◆ Location: Newport Music Hall
◆ Touring with: Magic City Hippies
◆ Ticket Price: $17
Hippo Campus First Avenue performance in 2015
About Hippo Campus: Hippo Campus was in Columbus last summer and will be back with their first debut album in April. An indie rock band from Minnesota, Hippo Campus was formed in 2013. All four members graduated from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. Already the band has performed at major music festivals like Lollapalooza, and South by Southwest. The band releases their first debut album landmark on February 24, exactly one year after the release of their EP The Halocline. Jessie Stevenson, who has followed the band since their formation in 2013, is excited for their latest tour. “I saw them last year and they were so upbeat and personable. I am definitely ready for round two.”
Panic! At the Disco
◆ When: March 7 at 7 p.m.
◆ Location: Schottenstein Center
◆ Touring with: Saint Motel, Misterwives
◆ Ticket Price: $39-$311
2008 performance at The Warfield in San Francisco,California
About Panic! At the Disco: Panic! At the Disco is an alternative rock band originating from Las Vegas. Panic! rose to fame using myspace and PureVolume. PureVolume, being a website that promotes new, emerging artists. The band mainly gained recognition in 2006 through MTV, singing “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies”. The song reached number seven on U.S charts. Panic! At the Disco’s success grew, and their new album Death of a Bachelor earned a spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In an interview with iHeartRadio, Lead singer Brendon Urie explains the meaning behind the album and the name. “This album really symbolized who I’ve become as a new artist, and as a new producer and songwriter, and everything that I feel about the past. I’m able to put aside and write about it like it’s a fond memory instead of who I actually am today. So really, Death of a Bachelor is talking about getting back to my roots, but being able to move forward in a new light, in a new era as a brand new person.”
◆ When: March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
◆ Location: Nationwide Arena
◆ Touring with: No One
◆ Ticket price: $15-$335
2007 performance in Montreal during the Lost Highway tour
About Bon Jovi: A band mainly known for their music in the 80s’, Bon Jovi has a total of 13 released studio albums. Albums such as Slippery When Wet, with popular songs including “Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer”. Freshmen, Olivia Chohan explains what makes Bon Jovi such a classic. “His singing style and guitar. His songs give off a rock n roll vibe that sets it apart from pop or any other genre.” This House is Not for Sale was released Nov. 4. In an interview with iHeartRadio Bon Jovi shares details about his inspiration for the album and the cover.”You’ve heard the old adage, ‘Every picture tells a story.’ I was thumbing through a magazine one day, and this picture leapt off the page. It really came to life. The writing process had just begun for me, and I was trying to find focus. But when I saw this picture, this proud, old house, with these deep roots that was in disrepair, it hit me all at once. I said, ‘I got it.’ Now, I did have a house for sale so subliminally the title just came to me. But, the storyline, I equated it to where the band is or was at that time. And the first line of the song says, ‘These four walls have got us a story to tell.’ And that sets the tone, and it was the foundation for everything I was going to say.”