Rising country artist headlines Homecoming concert

Arla O'Neal

WKU Homecoming is a busy week for students, faculty and club organizations. With the stress from banner making to float designing, students get a chance to enjoy themselves at the annual Homecoming concert.

“The main goal is for everyone to have fun, enjoy homecoming and to be safe,” Jeffersonville, Ind., junior Jacarri Fitzpatrick, the homecoming concert chair, said.

Fitzpatrick said she has heard nothing but positive things from students around campus.

“We chose Justin Moore because I think he is selling really well, and it’s adding something new to Western,” Fitzpatrick said.

Justin Moore is signed with Big Machine Records out of Nashville. He won Mainstream Inspirational Country Song and Video in 2011 with his rendition of Rhett Atkins’ “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” His music style is country rock with a hint of southern twang.

Some of his other popular songs include “Smalltown USA,” “Backwoods” and “Til My Last Day.”

Last year’s concert featured country star Dierks Bentley, along with Jon Pardi, A-Ray and Natalie Stovall.

In her second semester as concert chair, Fitzpatrick said she is happy with the concert selection and the student reactions.

For the past two years, the homecoming concert has been held on Thursday, but Fitzpatrick suggested having the concert on Friday this year.

“Friday is a better suit, and students don’t have to worry about going to class the next day,” she said.

Louisville junior Katie Moore is attending the concert with her friend, New Castle senior Justin Pigram. They both love country music and said it will be a fun time to celebrate Homecoming.

“I like his music, and it’s going to be a fun concert,” Moore said.

Pigram said he loves the environment during Homecoming week and how everyone is so involved.

“I love supporting my school and cheering for the football team,” he said. “People claim Western to be a suitcase campus, but homecoming proves [that] wrong.”

The concert will be held in Diddle Arena on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently $25 for students and staff and will be $35 at the door. They can be purchased through the Diddle Arena box office or from Ticketmaster.