OneRepublic to Perform in Concert at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – OneRepublic will bring its multi-faceted music to the Dee Events Center–along with Augustana, The Spill Canvas and The Hush Sound–Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., as part of the “Tag This Tour!” 2008.

Tickets are on sale at the Dee Events Center ticket office, at 801-626-8500 or 800-WSU-TIKS or online at weberstatetickets.com.

Led by singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic hit it big in 2007 with the remixed version of its song “Apologize” debuting on “Timbaland Presents: Shock Value.” The single, which sold more than five million copies, propelled the band to stardom before they had even released an album. Their debut album “Dreaming Out Loud” was released later that year.

Timbaland, typically known for his involvement in rap music as an artist and producer, signed OneRepublic as his first rock band under his Mosley Music Group label. OneRepublic’s sound–likened by many to Coldplay or The Fray–is influenced by a variety of genres, utilizing instruments such as the cello, violin, keyboards, piano, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums. The band’s lyrics are just as complex as its instrumentation. According to OneRepublic’s Web site, their songs are about “what you want versus what you have, why you’re not where you want to be and how to get where you want to go.” Tedder adds that the songs “may have simple melodies, but our songs are about real life. It’s complexity wearing the mask of simplicity.”

Before getting discovered by Timbaland, OneRepublic was the most popular unsigned act on MySpace. The now 29-year-old Tedder brought the band together from a variety of backgrounds. Tedder himself came from a diverse background, producing songs for pop stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ashley Tisdale, rap stars like 2Pac and Chris Cornell and everything in between before forming OneRepublic.
Augustana brings to the Dee Events Center a sound that, according to one reviewer, is “something that bridges a sort of Irish folk-rooted, Beatles sound and the chill side of newer Americana, if that is possible.” The California-based group’s debut album “All the Stars and Boulevards” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Out of Sioux Falls, N.D., The Spill Canvas was named one of Alternative Press’ “Bands to Watch in 2007.” The band recently released its second album “No Really, I’m Fine” hoping to build off of the success of its first album, which sold more than 50,000 copies.

The Hush Sound combines the rock background of Bob Morris with the classical piano stylings of front woman Greta Salpeter. The band works under Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz’s Decaydence label and toured with label-mates Panic! at the Disco after releasing its first album in 2006.

Ticket prices are $15 for students with current WSU ID, $25 for non-WSU students and $30 for floor seats. They are available at the Dee Events Center Ticket Office, 801-626-8500 or 800-WSU-TIKS or online at weberstatetickets.com. Discounted student tickets must be purchased in person at the ticket office.
Contact:

Troy Poll, WSUSA programming vice president
801-643-3711 · troypoll@weber.edu

Author:
Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jonathanmcbride@weber.edu