By CARL SMITH
Neon Trees, Gloriana and Andy Grammer will headline this yearâ€™s Nov. 2 Bulldog Bash, Mississippi State University Student Association President Shelby Balius announced Friday.
Neon Trees, an alternative rock band from Utah, has released five albums â€” â€śHabitsâ€ť (2010), â€śWish Listâ€ť (2010), â€śLive from Sohoâ€ť(2010), â€śEverybody Talksâ€ť (2011) and â€śPicture Showâ€ť (2012) â€” and enjoyed success with the single â€śAnimal.â€ť
Country music group Glorianaâ€™s 2009 eponymous album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, fueled by the success of the single â€śWild at Heart.â€ť The band won the American Music Award for breakthrough artist and an ACM Award for top new vocal group a year later. The groupâ€™s newest album, â€śA Thousand Miles Left Behind,â€ť also debuted No. 2 on the country music chart after a July 31 release date. Both â€śWild at Heartâ€ť and â€ś(Kissed You) Good Nightâ€ť were certified as gold singles for sales numbers.
Pop musician Andy Grammerâ€™s self-titled debut was released June 2011 and peaked at the top of Billboardâ€™s Heatseekers Albums chart. Two of the albumâ€™s singles, â€śKeep Your Head Upâ€ť and â€śFine by Me,â€ť broke into Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 singles chart, while â€śMiss Meâ€ť entered the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.
The bands were chosen through a process involving student input and guided by financial restrictions, Balius said. Although the current Bulldog Bash music budget is comparable to last yearâ€™s which landed indie rockers The Avett Brothers, Balius said organizers had to creatively cut costs.
â€śAfter we received student input, we put together a list to our agent, and he brought back realistic quotes on how much (potential headliners) would cost,â€ť she said. â€śWe worked from there to put together a lineup that will appeal to different crowds. I think weâ€™re appealing to that broader audience by bringing in big names to entice Texas A&M fans to experience a great SEC football weekend.â€ť
Balius said DJ Archnemesis will also perform in between headlining actsâ€™ sets. All four acts will perform on the Clark Beverage Main Stage.
In July, event organizers submitted plans to the city to host the event from 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Cotton District. The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the request as presented in a following meeting.