Everclear signs deal to play U’s Spring Jam

The band was the most affordable and available alternative rock group.

by Kori Koch

The alternative rock band Everclear signed a deal Tuesday to perform at the annual Spring Jam concert April 30.

The signing brings to fruition Spring Jam organizers’ plans to bring a big-name band to this year’s festival, which begins April 23.

This year’s Spring Jam Committee considered inviting several bands based on the interests of University students, said Jay Arcuri, a student activities adviser.

Everclear was the most affordable and available alternative rock band, he said. Arcuri would not say how much booking the band cost.

Earlier this year, organizers tried to lure acoustic rock band Guster to the event, but several factors, including a scheduling conflict for the band’s show at the University of St. Thomas, kept the deal from happening, Arcuri said.

The Spring Jam block party and headliner concert are co-sponsored by the Minnesota Student Association and Minnesota Programs and Activities Council, said Spring Jam co-coordinator Travis Fischer.

This year’s concert stage will be in a new position, on the plaza behind Coffman Union, Fischer said.

Local band Boogie Wonderland will also perform April 25, following the preliminary performances in the annual ballyhoo dance competition.

Junior Jessica Ehrlich said she usually participates in Spring Jam events and is supportive of the changes made to improve the event.

“I think both Guster and Everclear are good choices. I’ll probably go no matter who eventually plays,” she said.

More concerts are also planned for the University during Spring Jam.

The student band competition is scheduled for April 25. Ballyhoo finals, the Spring Jam award ceremony and Everclear will close out the week April 30.

Guster will perform April 27 at the University of St. Thomas.

The Virgin College Mega Tour will also bring several musicians to campus the week of Spring Jam, including the bands Cake and Gomez. They will perform April 26 at Northrop Auditorium.