The Spill Canvas to rock D-Days

The Spill Canvas has played at famous music festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour and SXSW.

Now The Spill will have the chance to kick-off the University of South Dakota's biggest festival – DakotaDays.

The Sioux Falls group will start D-Days with a performance at the MUC Ballroom on Monday night at 8 p.m. with illusionist Reza as opening act.

"We are really excited to be bringing The Spill Canvas in, and we think it will be a great show." said Lana McCoy, the vice president for marketing with USD's Program Council. "It will be as high quality as any other concert that you will go to."

Tickets will be sold for $7 in advance and $10 at the door, but it will be a small price to play for a group who will be opening for the Goo Goo Dolls in Sioux Falls Oct. 11 with ticket prices over $30 for that concert.

The concert won't officially kick-off D-Days, but McCoy said it will help create buzz about the homecoming celebration right off the bat.

"It was always the plan to bring The Spill Canvas in to start D-Days to spearhead it and start it off on the right foot," she said. "We wanted to start off with something big and keep that momentum going throughout the week leading up to the game."

Not only was the Program Council dead set on having a big music group open up D-Days, but they only had one group in mind when putting it together.

"They were our first pick. We had it in our minds that we wanted to bring them in since last year," McCoy said. "We started talking with them last year, and everything was finalized with them by about the start of the school year."

The concert will be held in the MUC Ballroom, which was the same place the Owl City concert from the spring semester took place. The capacity of the MUC Ballroom is 900 people.

Even though Slagle Hall has the space to hold more people for a concert of this size, it's unavailable due to construction. However, McCoy said there were never any plans to hold the concert anywhere else than the MUC Ballroom.

"Concerts have worked out well in the MUC, and we are pretty happy with the venue," she said. "The MUC does a great job of bringing in students for concerts."

But when Slagle Hall is ready to go, it will be considered for future shows.

"It will be beautiful and can hold many people, so I bet they will utilize it," McCoy said.

The Spill Canvas marks second major music group the Program Council has brought to USD in the past year, with Owl City being the other.

McCoy said the budget to bring in The Spill Canvas was bigger than the one for Owl City, and she said it could lead to even bigger groups visiting Vermillion.
"I feel we are moving in the right direction to bring in larger groups in the future," she said.

McCoy said no other concerts are planned at the moment, but that could change.

"We do have other activities planned, and our directors switch at semester time and they will plan the next event," she said.

The Program Council is taking a unique approach to group opening for The Spill Canvas, which is usually another band. But the Program Council went in another direction and booked illusionist Reza to perform before The Spill Canvas.

"It's a bit different, and he will bring a new dynamic. He will draw in people who usually don't go to concerts," she said. "We are happy to have him, and his show is awesome."

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

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