The Avett Brothers to take Big Sandy Arena

Kelly Pate, Reporter

The Avett Brothers is set to rock the Big Sandy Superstore Arena 8 p.m. April 16.

Advance tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Prices are $39.50 in advance and $45.00 the day of the show.

The Avett Brothers are an American band from Concord, North Carolina. Their sound intertwines folk, bluegrass, rock and country music to create a sound that is distinctly their own. Bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Nirvana and Faith No More hugely influenced their sound, according to an American Songwriter article.

“The Avett Brothers were formed by brothers Scott and Seth Avett,” according to the Grammy Awards website. “The pair began making music at an early age and got their musical start as members of the rock band Nemo. The Avett’s subsequently parted ways with Nemo in 2000 to devote their time to the Avett Brothers.”

Jennifer Sturgeon, event manager at Big Sandy Superstore Arena, said college students will enjoy the band.

“Marshall students will love this concert,” Sturgeon said. “It seems like The Avett Brothers always do well with shows around college campuses. Their music appeals to a lot of different people.”

Sophomore Nick Wright, psychology major, said he will definitely be buying advance tickets and going to the concert.

“The Avett Brothers were the first concert I ever went to, so I would not miss this show,” Wright said. “I have listened to the Avett Brothers for so many years. If it was not for their influence, I would not be the musician I am today.”

Sturgeon said this is the second time The Avett Brothers have played the Big Sandy arena. The last time they were here was in 2010 with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Since then, The Avett Brothers’ album “The Carpenter” was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in 2013. They have since released their album “Magpie and the Dandelion,” and are now recording an album due for release in spring 2015.

Tickets may be purchased at the Big Sandy Superstore box office at 1 Center Plaza, Huntington, or online from Ticketmaster.

Everyone must have a ticket to attend, regardless of age.

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