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The Avett Brothers come to Virginia Tech Nov. 15


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 9, 2011 – Virginia Tech Union is bringing folk-pop band the Avett Brothers to Virginia Tech’s Burruss Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. with opening band David Wax Museum. Tickets are $25 for Virginia Tech students, $11 for children 12 and under, and $39 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office in Squires Student Center.

The Avett Brothers formed in 2001 in North Carolina with brothers Seth and Scott Avett on guitar and banjo and stand-up bass player Bob Crawford. The band has since added cellist Joe Kwon to its lineup, and they have gone on to record with producer Rick Rubin, who is credited with reviving bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash. They have also opened on several occasions for the Dave Matthews Band and have sold out venues across the country.

Their sound has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having “the heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, and the raw energy of the Ramones. They released their major label debut, “I and Love and You,” in 2009 to rave reviews, and Rolling Stone magazine named the band a 2009 Artist to Watch.

Opening for the Avett Brothers is the Boston-based band David Wax Museum, featuring Virginia native Suz Slezak playing a traditional Mexican percussion instrument called a donkey jawbone. TIME magazine describes the band as “joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.”

Free parking for the show is available around the Drillfield with a visitor’s pass from 5-8 p.m. No pass is necessary on the Drillfield after 8 p.m. or on weekends. Parking is also available in the Perry Street lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

The show is part of Virginia Tech Union’s 2011-12 Lively Arts series. For information on other shows in the series, see the full schedule.

Virginia Tech Union is a student-run organization advised by Student Centers and Activities, a department in the Division of Student Affairs. Membership in Virginia Tech Union is free and open to all Virginia Tech students. There are 10 committees: alternative sounds, concerts, films, graphic design, house and hospitality, lively arts, public relations, speakers, special events, and Web design. Visit the office in Squires Student Center for more information on becoming a member.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

Written by Jennifer Gibson.