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Millikin University will welcome pop/rock recording group OneRepublic with opening act The Rocket Summer to the Kirkland stage on Wednesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. for the annual University Center Board (UCB) Big Event. 

OneRepublic hit the music scene in 2007 with the release of their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, which was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. They achieved chart success with their first single, "Apologize", and a remix of the song went on to become a major hit both in the U.S. and internationally, reaching number one in 16 countries. The group achieved national success with their second single, "Stop and Stare", which charted in the top twelve on the Billboard Hot 100.The band released their follow up album, Waking Up, in 2009.  The lead single from the album, "All the Right Moves" charted in the top ten in Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland, and in the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

For more information on OneRepublic, visit www.onerepublic.net.

The Rocket Summer is the piano and guitar-driven rock solo-project of Stephen Bryce Avary, a musician based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Avary started playing shows in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a teenager, and has since released four albums, with copies sold on five continents.  He has appeared at numerous music festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including Austin City Limits, The Vans Warped Tour, Glastonbury Festival in England, T in the Park Festival in Scotland, Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, and Oxegen Festival in Ireland.

For more information on The Rocket Summer, visit www.therocketsummer.com. 

The UCB is Millikin University's student-run programming board, comprised of 12 student executive board members and staff advisors with the responsibility to plan, promote, execute, and evaluate student events and activities.  UCB plans a variety of annual events for students to enjoy, including Fall Family Weekend, the Pancake Breakfast, Millipalooza, and Springfest.  In addition, the UCB brings a nationally recognized band to campus each spring to entertain the community.  Past artists have included Gavin DeGraw, The Roots, O.A.R., Ben Folds, Jason Mraz, Train, 3 Doors Down, Sugar Ray, Vertical Horizon, and Sister Hazel.

In order to maintain appropriate decorum and an atmosphere that encourages respect, Kirkland Fine Arts Center asks patrons to honor the following requests:
All bags are subject to search 
No photography, audio taping, or videography 
No alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or smoking of any kind 
No re-admittance once inside the theater

Patrons who do not follow the above requests or those who display inappropriate or illegal behavior will be ejected from the facility. 

Tickets for the event are $20 for the general public and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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