Alyssa Reid, seen performing at the 2012 Juno Awards in Ottawa, will Rock the Block — along with These Kids Wear Crowns, Trooper and Left of Centre — tomorrow night on Rosser Avenue. (FILE PHOTO)
The Brandon University Students’ Union’s biggest event of the year is set to rock downtown tomorrow night.
Taking the stage on Rosser Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets on Friday will be Canadian singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid, Canadian pop band These Kids Wear Crowns and Canadian rock group Trooper. Left of Centre won last month’s Battle of the Bands competition and will open the Rock the Block event.
Tickets for the outdoor concert went on sale almost a month ago, and BUSU president Joel Springer said sales are going well, although he couldn’t give exact numbers.
However, some students aren’t completely sold on this year’s lineup.
"Last year was better and the year before it was amazing," said Bretta Turchinski, a second-year BU student. "The lineups are kind of what’s going to change people from coming."
Last year, nearly 3,000 concertgoers packed the party to see the Sheepdogs, Helix, Dallas Smith and 18 Rabbit of Brandon perform. Previous performers in past years include Marianas Trench, Sam Roberts, The Trews, Bedouin Soundclash, Faber Drive and April Wine.
Other students were more positive about the success of this year’s concert.
First-year BU student Samantha Maksymetz said the annual event is like "a mini-Countryfest," referring to the super popular country music festival in Dauphin.
And while fourth-year BU student Samantha Chapman said she hasn’t bought her ticket yet, she is optimistic this year’s lineup will draw a crowd.
"I think it’s a little better than last year and it might bring in a little bigger of a crowd and might raise some money for the school," Chapman said.
Profits made during the show, which caps off BU’s orientation week, will go toward funding future BUSU events.
Advance tickets are $25 for students and $30 for non-students and can be purchased at the BUSU office on campus or by calling 204-727-9660. Tickets at the gate are $30 for students, $35 for non-students. Gates to the event along Rosser Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 4, 2014