Third Eye Blind will be the main act in the Spring Weekend Concert to be held on April 25 in the Johnson Athletic Center. The alternative rock band was the favorite choice in a survey of over one thousand undergraduates, garnering a 76 percent approval rating. Jimmy Eat World and Akon ranked second and third, respectively.
“We’re really excited about the main act,” said Undergraduate Association President Martin F. Holmes ’08. “People are going to be very pleased with Third Eye Blind.”
An opening act has yet to be selected, but Holmes said the decision should come in the next few weeks. Last year’s Spring Weekend concert featured Ozomalti opening for the Ying Yang Twins.
This year’s survey, which was conducted online by the Undergraduate Association Events Committee in December, listed a variety of rock, rap, and indie acts, including Ben Folds, Common, Gavin DeGraw, Gym Class Heroes, Jason Mraz, Lifehouse, Lupe Fiasco, Paramore, Sean Kingston, Spoon, and T-Pain.
Concert tickets will probably cost between $8–12, said Holmes. Patrick Raymond, assistant director of student activities and the advisor for the committee, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The 10-to-15-member UA Events Committee, formerly the Spring Weekend Committee, was formed this year to organize both Spring Weekend and Fall Festival so there would be “more coordination” between the two events. In 2006, the Spring Weekend Committee’s total budget was $95,000. The committee’s 2007 budget included about $80,000 contributed by MIT and $16,700 from 2006 ticket sales.
Based in San Francisco, Third Eye Blind emerged on the music scene in 1997 with their eponymous debut album featuring hit singles “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How It’s Going to Be.” The band has released two more albums, and a fourth, The Hideous Strength, is in the works.