Thursday’s Macklemore concert moved to Commons


In this picture made available Aug. 15, 2014, US rapper Macklemore performs during the concert of the US hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai)

A change in venue is in store for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert set for Thursday.

The concert, originally scheduled for 9 p.m. in Schollmaier Arena, will be moved to 7 p.m. in the Campus Commons “due to unforeseen production challenges,” according to an email SGA sent to students.

Maddie Reddick, student body president, said the move was made to meet the duo’s needs to provide a “high quality show” and to accommodate for a larger crowd.

During a Dec. 8 SGA meeting, Maddie Reddick, student body president, proposed a bill to fund an inaugural spring concert. Thursday’s concert was set to serve as the grand opening of Schollmaier Arena.

The cost of the concert was listed as $150,000 at the Dec. 8 meeting, which did not include venue costs, Reddick said. The bill was passed without an exact estimate.

With the concert moved to the Commons, the additional funding will be used on production costs associated with building an outdoor stage, Reddick said.

This is the first year that SGA has been able to sponsor a spring concert. After an alum made a donation to fund the 2012 and 2013 fall concerts, SGA used the leftover money to fund the Macklemore concert.

In December, cabinet member Katie Phillips, vice president of external affairs, said Macklemore and Lewis reached out to add TCU to their tour as a result of TCU’s positive reputation in the entertainment industry.

“We weighed our options and chose the duo based on who we felt would most excite students,” Phillips said. “So far, the student response has been very positive.”

Phillips said Macklemore and Lewis were also chosen based on their availability, price and fit for TCU.

“The agents and managers of the duo have been very easy to work with,” Phillips said. “They are excited to perform on our campus.”

According to the email, the show is a “private concert open only to TCU students, faculty, and staff with a valid TCU ID.” This is a change from the policy for fall concerts, which let students bring one guest.

“Given our ability to fund a spring concert this year, we decided this would be an incredible way to give back to the students,” Phillips said.

This story has been updated to include a response from Student Body President Maddie Reddick.