SCOPE announces second spring concert packed with country music stars

By Hadley Barndollar, Staff Writer

Hadley Barndollar/STAFF In front of the MUB, a student stands at a table after the announcement of a second spring concert from SCOPE. Lee Brice will headline the country concert in early May.

Hadley Barndollar/STAFF
In front of the MUB, a student stands at a table after the announcement of a second spring concert from SCOPE. Lee Brice will headline the country concert in early May.

Fear no more, country fans. Lee Brice, Chase Bryant and The Cadillac Three will take the stage at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, May 2. The Student Committee on Popular Entertainment’s (SCOPE) second concert of the spring presents itself as an answer to the long-awaited pleas from students for several years now.

Country music and warm weather are a great mix, so it’s going to bring lots of excitement to end of the school year,” said junior Olivia Carney, who has seen Lee Brice live once before.

Brice’s most well known hits include “Love Like Crazy,” “Hard to Love,” “I Don’t Dance” and “Drinking Class.”

Rumors circulated that Brice has slipped through SCOPE’s fingers a time or two before. But the lengthy process was surely worth the wait for country fans on campus, especially since two other headliners will accompany him.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, a SCOPE-driven pickup truck spray painted with concert details paraded around campus, blasting its horn and playing music from the inside. Students’ faces lit up as they trekked to class with the cold against their cheeks—perhaps it served as a reminder of warmer weather to come. 

“I love country, and I know I’m not the only one on campus [who does],” said sophomore Brenna Robinson. “I was bummed that there was a lot of rap and nothing else for concerts.”

While SCOPE tries to tap into the many music genres that span the interests of the student body, not everyone will love every concert. But this particular announcement was something country fans, especially seniors, hoped they would get.

Also on the bill is “Take It On Back” swooner Chase Bryant, who is only 21 years old. Bryant is currently touring with country mega star Brantley Gilbert. A lesser-known group, The Cadillac Three, has penned hits for Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Keith Urban.

A country concert was just what I’ve been waiting for,” said junior Shiloh Murray.

Junior Mike Barnard felt that the show has a “stacked lineup,” but that one thing is missing.

“The concert 100 percent should be on Boulder Field to add to the atmospherics of the show,” Barnard said.

While weather is always a concern and the masses of snow in Durham might still be around in April, outdoor concerts tend to be preferred over indoor venues by country fans.

SCOPE’s first concert of the spring semester, hip-hop artist Logic, will take place on Thursday, April 9, in the UNH Field House. Within one month, avid rap listeners and country followers will each have their own concert experiences. For students that listen to both genres, that’s two concerts to cap off the end of the school year. 

Tickets for the country show will go on sale this Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. Students will be allowed to line up beginning at 6 a.m.

Ultimately, one word described the UNH student body after Tuesday afternoon’s announcement: Thrilled. The country fans on campus will likely be electrified with expectation on the days leading up to the show in May. Until then, UNH’s “good timing crowd” and “drinking class” will just have to wait.

Executive Editor