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ISSUE 119 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/30/2005

Bravery sales average

By Jean Mullins
Executive Editor

Friday, September 30, 2005

Tickets for the fall concert, put on by the Lion's Pause, have been on sale for several weeks. As of Tuesday, however, the Pause had sold over 100 of the 3,000 possible seats.

Tickets are $10 for student in advance and $13 at the door. Tickets for sale to the general public are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

"We're all college students, we're all procrastinators," Melissa Kuisle '06, Pause coordinator, said. "We're actually at about average [ticket sales] for this time of year."

The 2004 Fall Concert saw higher than average tickets sales because of the headliner, Ben Folds, is generally better known. Ben Folds was the first fall concert to sell out.

"They're really trying to get their name out there," Mike Vandelinder '08, Pause concert chair, said.

Some, however, are not swayed. "I don't think they're good enough to spend ten dollars on," Laura Stone '07 said.

Kuisle and Vandelinder explained that St. Olaf students requested an alternative band for fall concert in surveys distributed last year. Then the Pause coordinators, Kuisle and Dave Mahnken '07 and Vandelinder bid on bands based on their touring schedule. The bands then commit based on their schedules and the money offered.

"This is their one Minnesota date this fall," Vandelinder said.

The money from the ticket sales does not cover the cost of the concert. Because the Pause must often hire out work for the equipment, set up and security, the cost of the concert always exceeds the ticket sales. The Pause allots the rest out of their annual budget from the Student Government Association (SGA).

"Last year with Ben Folds we almost broke even," Kuisle said. "But the goal is not to break even."

The more money the Pause makes on the Fall Concert, the more money it has to budget out for later concerts. Because of the higher ticket sales for Ben Folds, the Pause was able to bring in a bigger name band, Nickel Creek, for Lutefest.

Kuisle and Vandelinder remain optimistic that ticket sales for the Bravery will increase.

"They have great reviews for their album and their concerts," Vandelinder said. "They have a huge amount of press behind them."

Kuisle added that many have expressed delight at the Fall Concert band choice. "The response has been very positive," she said.

Still, some remain unconvinced. "I read the reviews," Lauren Ciechanowski '07 said. "[The music review website] Pitchfork doesn't like them. I have better ways to spend ten dollars."

The Fall Concert will take place Oct. 8. Tickets went on sale to the general public Wednesday.

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