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Tunes on the Tundra rocked King Horn, shows interest in future campus concerts

Klondike appears on stage and dances with We the Kings. (Northern Review photo/Dana Zechar).

Klondike appears on stage and dances with We the Kings. (Northern Review photo/Dana Zechar).

Tunes on the Tundra rocked the King Horn Sports Center on Sept. 4, when Ohio Northern University's Student Senate hosted an exciting concert on campus that featured the American rock band We The Kings, with the Cincinnati-based band PUBLIC being the opening act. 

More than 700 people fit into the enclosed space of the sports center. Students waited patiently as We The Kings’ drummer, Danny Duncan, missed his flight into Dayton, Ohio. The band refused to allow this unexpected obstacle to keep them from performing, as the remaining band members played the majority of the group’s songs acoustically. 

Adding to the show’s excitement was that We The Kings invited a student onto the stage to perform a song with the band, and ONU’s popular mascot, Klondike, also made an appearance and danced with both acts.

And, even though PUBLIC is a relatively unknown band, the crowd enjoyed its performance. 

To reserve the bands, Student Senate first developed a strategic plan of action. 

“In the early-planning process, the Student Senate Cabinet sat down and had a conversation about possible performers. We weighed pros and cons, and created a list of potential acts," said Senate President Gina Grandillo, a senior political science student.

Once members were certain on We The Kings and PUBLIC, the organization expressed interest, and both acts accepted the offer to travel to Ada to perform for a lively college crowd.

Tunes on the Tundra, a tradition discontinued in the late 1990s because of lack of student interest and campus funding, could return as an annual Student Senate event.

However, Grandillo explains events like Tunes on the Tundra take a lot of planning and commitment.

“Throughout this process, we have definitely found that it is not easy to plan a concert. Our revival was a tribute to the past event, giving it a fresh new start to keep up with present trends," she said.

If the Student Senate continues to receive campus support, ONU students will most likely attend more Tunes on the Tundra concerts in the future. 

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