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Goo Goo Dolls to perform at Wharton Center Wednesday

April 22, 2014

The band will be performing in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre as part of their spring acoustic tour, “The Otis Midnight Sessions.”

Run River North, a Korean-American indie folk-rock band from Los Angeles, will also perform during the evening.

Tara Peplowski, the marketing manager at the Wharton Center, said tickets for the performance sold out within hours of their release.

Nearly 600 seats have been purchased, and Pasant Theatre is set to be filled to capacity.

Audience members will be no more than 60 feet away from the stage as the Grammy-nominated band performs, which serves the purpose of their most recent tour.

The close setting and soft acoustic versions of some of their hit songs are supposed to create a more intimate atmosphere to be shared with their audience.

“It’ll be part of the Spartan experience on campus,” Wharton Center Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman said.

The Goo Goo Dolls made an appearance on campus in the past. The group performed at the Breslin Center during 1996 for a more traditional stadium concert. Peplowski, who was the marketing manager for the Breslin Center at the time, said the acoustic concert will be a different sight for people to take in.

“The group has been relevant for so many years,” she said. “To see their talent and how far they’ve come since the last time here is something really nice.”

The Goo Goo Dolls have been performing for more than two decades. The group has released 14 albums, the most recent entitled “Magnetic.”

Some of their more well-known songs include “Iris,” “Better Days” and “Slide,” all of which are still heard on the radio years after their initial release.

Students and faculty members both have grown up listening to the band’s music throughout their years performing, and Peplowski said the concert will feature something for everyone who enjoys the group.

“It’s important not only for students to attend, but for the faculty as well,” she said. “There are so many types of music loved across campus. This concert will to that — it fills in the niche.”

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