We The Kings in concert at Misericordia University

The Department of Student Activities at Misericordia University is sponsoring a concert for Spring Fest Weekend with the alternative rock band, We The Kings, headlining the show on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at the North Gate of campus. We The Kings is touring the country in support of its fourth album, “Somewhere Somehow,’’ which entered the Billboard Hot 200 at No. 44 – the highest debut in their career. The new album, released in December, has also reached No. 5 and No. 6, respectively on the U.S. Alternative Rock and U.S. Rock charts.
Tickets for the concert go on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at www.misericordia.edu/wethekings or the Misericordia University Student Activities Office in the Banks Student Life Center on the upper campus. Tickets for Misericordia University students with a valid ID are $20 and all other tickets for the general admission concert are $25. Misericordia students can only purchase one ticket each at the discount rate. For more information, please call (570) 674-8111 or e-mail Patrick McKamy, coordinator of student activities, at pmckamy@misericordia.edu.
We The Kings, and their new hit song, “Check Yes Juliet,” will be joined on stage by two opening acts, Subnotics and A Fire with Friends. The Subnotics are a nine-piece reggae band that plays classic Bob Marley and the Wailers Band material, as well as original songs. A Fire with Friends is a seven-member indie rock band from Scranton, Pa., which recently released the album, “Ghost House.’’
Hunter Thomsen (guitar), Coley O’Toole (auxiliary, background vocals), Travis Clark (guitar, vocals), Danny Duncan (drums) and Charles Trippy (bass) are the members of We The Kings. They performed at Misericordia University in 2010 with several other up-and-coming bands as part of the fundraiser, “Kickin’ it for Charity,’’ which was sponsored by a local radio station.
The band debuted with its self-titled album, “We The Kings’’ in 2007, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart and at No. 151 on the Billboard 200. The “We The Kings” album was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
We The Kings followed up its self-titled debut album with, “Smile Kid,’’ in 2010. They released “Sunshine State of Mind’’ in 2011 through S-Curve Records. It debuted at No. 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and at No. 9 on the Rock Albums chart.
In spring 2013, the band’s hit single, “Just Keep Breathing’’ debuted in the iTunes Top 10 and Billboard Hot 100. Last summer, We The Kings completed a successful 39-city tour in the United States, which included being the headline act for Summer Fest Tour 2013.
By fall 2013, the band had raised more than $149,000 in support of self-releasing its fourth album. Somewhere Somehow was released Dec. 16 and peaked at No. 2 overall on iTunes. In March, the Bradenton, Fla.-based band begins “The Art of Tour’’ in support of its latest album. The tour begins March 14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before moving to Nashville, Tenn., Columbia, Mo., Bloomington, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., Washington, D.C., Charleston, S.C., and other major cities.
Spring Fest Weekend at Misericordia University also includes a 5K Color Run to benefit Lucy’s Fund which is a foundation organized by a current student who lost his mother to metastatic cancer. Also, there will be a Gift of Life bone marrow drive to benefit patients who have leukemia and genetic disorders, as well as a variety of student-centered activities earlier in the week. For information about any of these events, please contact the Student Activities Office at (570) 674-6407.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
(Information from Paul Krzywicki -Misericordia University)

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