QuietDrive and Cedar Ave. to perform at Gustavus

On April 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall, the Minnesota-based bands QuietDrive and Cedar Avenue will be performing for Gustavus students and St. Peter residents. Gustavus students can pick up free tickets at the Student Activities Office (SAO) Desk beginning March 21. Public tickets will go on sale on April 8 and will cost $5. Tickets can be purchased at Gustavus Tickets Online or directly from the SAO desk.

According to Junior Communication Studies Major Matthew Wasson a both bands are “alternative and classic rock.”  Wasson is the concerts executive for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and has been vital in organizing and publicizing the event.

“The concert will be two hours long, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the bands playing right after one another.  Cedar Avenue will open and QuietDrive will close. Both bands will have the stage from 45 to 50 minutes,” Wasson said.

QuietDrive and Cedar Avenue are Minneapolis-based bands that formed in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Cedar Avenue’s song “7 Years” was featured on the season finale of the ABC police-drama Rookie Blue. It was also featured on the famed Cities 97 sampler disc alongside John Mayer, Sara Bareilles and other artists.

The Concerts Committee chose the two groups because of their talent, popularity, accessibility and affordability.  According to Wasson, there was a strong consensus among committee members that QuietDrive and Cedar Avenue were the best choices to perform. As of yet, neither band has announced what songs it will be performing here at Gustavus.

Wasson said that organizing the event has been a bit stressful, “but will be worth it in the end with everyone coming to enjoy good music.”

Keep an eye out for the concert committee planning a big spring concert for next year.  “Come to committee meetings and join CAB to help plan for the big concert,” Wasson said. He also reminds students to come to the QuietDrive and Cedar Avenue concert too!

Correction: The initial version of this story said that “7 Years” is by QuietDrive, when in fact it is by Cedar Avenue. This has been corrected in the story above. We apologize for this error.

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