Mikky Ekko and LANY to perform at spring concert

Mikky Ekko will be headlining this year's spring concert in the Musco Center April 30.

Mikky Ekko will be headlining this year’s spring concert in the Musco Center April 30.

Pop artist Mikky Ekko is being joined by dream pop band LANY to rock the Musco Center for the Arts during the University Program Board’s annual spring concert April 30.

Unlike previous years, there is a ticket price for the concert: $10 for students and $25 for faculty and alumni.

Best known for co-writing, producing and being featured in Rihanna’s “Stay,” Mikky Ekko continued to make a name for himself through his debut album, “Time,” which was released January 16, 2015.

His song “We Remain” was featured in the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Another single, “Smile,” had been used in the trailer for “Paper Towns,” based on the novel by John Green.

“I’m not too familiar with the artists yet, but I’m excited that the Musco opened and all these cool events are being held there,” said Sam Rinehart, a freshman screen acting major.

LANY will be performing at the University Program Board's spring concert.

LANY will be performing at the University Program Board’s spring concert.

LANY is a Los Angeles-native band. A music video of its newest song, “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS,” was posted on YouTube on April 11, and had more than 30,000 views the next day. The band is scheduled to perform in music festivals this year, including Bonnaroo, Firefly and Outside Lands.

This year’s spring concert has bigger artists than previous years, said Kara Ojebuoboh, the University Program Board’s director of Panther Nights.

“We look for upcoming artists or artists popular in the Chapman community and find who would be interested and available in performing,” Ojebuoboh said.

While unable to release the exact cost of the performers, Ojebuoboh described it as “fair and appropriate.”

Freshman creative writing major Sydney Druckman looks forward to the show.

“When I heard LANY was performing on campus I was beyond excited,” Druckman said. “Can’t wait to see them live.”

However, not every student has heard of the artists in the lineup.

“I don’t usually attend these concerts because the artists don’t always appeal to me,” said junior film studies major Sam Wall. “This year they don’t look like they do again, but I’d have to do more research about the artists.”

He isn’t the only student not sold on attending.

“I’m not sure I want to go because I don’t have that much money and I’m not too familiar with the artists,” freshman theatre performance major Blake Jensen said.

The decision to hold the concert in the Musco Center, instead of the Student Union like previous years, was a joint decision between the center and the University Program Board.

“We wanted to be part of introducing students to the new, amazing center that Chapman has built,” Ojebuoboh said.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert can be purchased online through the university tickets page.

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