David Cook and 'Secondhand Serenade' tonight!

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On Thursday, April 28, Last Minute Productions will be hosting a free concert in the University Plaza near the Catafount on Western Carolina University’s campus. This event is part of Student Appreciation Week and will be a perfect way for students to relieve stress and have fun before they tackle finals.

The concert will feature a student band as the opening act, followed by “Secondhand Serenade” and David Cook.

According to the official website, “Secondhand Serenade,” made up of one musician named John Vesely, first topped the charts with the hit song “Fall For You,” released in 2008. After that, Secondhand Serenade went on a world tour and then released an album entitled “A Naked Twist In My Story” in 2012. Currently, the musician is working on another album that will feature a full band and is scheduled to be released this spring.

David Cook, according to his official website, first became famous by spontaneously auditioning for American Idol with his brother in 2008 and then winning the competition. Since then, Cook has released three albums, including “The Loud Morning” and “Digital Vein,” and has won the Teen Choice for Male Reality/Variety Star, The New Music Award for Top 40 Male Artist of the Year and the Nashville Music Award for Song of the Year.

Last Minute Productions organized this event according to the preferences of students.

“First, we came up with music we wanted to do and came up with a list of artists. Then, we sent a survey to students and picked the top two artists,” said Kristen Diecke, president of the organization.

Last Minute Productions originally planned to only have the top artist choice from the survey perform due to cost but realized they would be able to afford both of the top two artists and were able to successfully create a combined concert with both of the artists and a student band.

While this is one of the last events of the spring semester, Last Minute Productions will continue to bring fun things to campus over the summer. There will be various summer programs, such as ice cream socials (with ice cream costing $1), summer movies and a summer concert series.

“If students want to get involved, we have volunteers who work on the event staff,” said Diecke. “These positions are first come, first serve. In order to get involved, message us on Facebook with your e-mail. Social media is the easiest way to contact us.”

The David Cook and “Secondhand Serenade” concert, opening with a student band, will take place on Thursday, April 28 in the University Plaza on Western Carolina’s campus. This event is free for everyone, student or non-student, and will begin at 8 p.m. If it rains on the day of the event, the concert will be held in the Ramsey Center and will remain free.

For updates on the weather and the event itself, make sure to check Last Minute Production’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lastminuteproductionsLMP. You can also use this resource to find out additional information about the event and the organization.