Cage the Elephant offers WKU free concert

Lead singer Matthew Shultz (left) performs in front of a packed crowd with his band Cage the Elephant at Rocky’s Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.(Mike Clark/HERALD)

Cameron Coyle

Just a few days after WKU’s 14-point victory over Eastern Kentucky University, Cage the Elephant offered to perform a free concert for students on campus.

On the evening of Sept. 4, the Grammy award-winning rock band tweeted,

About an hour later, WKU football head coach Mike Sanford quoted the tweet with his own response,

The band formed in Bowling Green in 2006, and word of a concert spread quickly around campus.

“I’m just like super, super hyped,” senior Alayni Hilton said. “Literally that’s all I can say about it, I’m way too excited. I can’t wait.”

Junior Justin Williams said he hadn’t heard about the concert but was interested in attending.

“I hadn’t heard about the tweet … but the idea of them doing a free concert, any free concert, is interesting to me,” Williams said. “I like it.”

No date has been set for the concert yet, but a few student organizations replied to the band’s tweet offering to help make the concert happen.

The Campus Activities Board tweeted, 

Revolution 91.7, WKU’s student-run radio station, also replied: 

Assistant Director of Student Activities Randall Bogard said the Campus Activities Board has not heard back from the band yet.

“I would say the ball’s in their court and I don’t want to … say a percentage [of the likelihood of the concert happening] or anything, but I would say the ball’s definitely in their court,” Bogard said.

According to Cage the Elephant’s website, the band will not start touring again until Sept. 23 when it performs at the Life is Beautiful music festival in Las Vegas.

A week prior to this, WKU is scheduled to host Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m.

The game, slotted for Sept. 16, could prove to be an opportune time for the concert, allowing Cage the Elephant to have a show before the tour begins.

Once the band is done performing at Life is Beautiful, they will go on to play at multiple more music festivals, with the final one ending in San Bernardino, California on Oct. 7.

Cage the Elephant will then be given a short break before traveling to Paris to play a show on Oct. 18.

WKU will play Charlotte University on Oct. 14 for the Homecoming game, which gives the band another opportunity to play during its 10 day recess. According to the WKU Alumni Association’s website, there will also be a Homecoming concert featuring Jordan English the night before the game from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Once Cage the Elephant returns from France, WKU hosts Florida Atlantic University on Oct 28.

“I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities to see Cage the Elephant,” junior Sarah Olive said. “They come to Louisville a lot and I’ve missed like pretty much every chance, even if it was a free concert, so it will be cool to finally get to see them in their hometown.”

Reporter Cameron Coyle can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected].