The Green Music Center is kicking off summer and the 2016-2017 school year on a high note. The GMC has heard the pleas of students as the upcoming artists feature some of the biggest names in comedy and music culture. Some of the comedy acts feature Gabriel Iglesias on July 16 and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah on Aug. 20. The top music acts will feature Hunter Hayes on Aug. 28, Gavin DeGraw on Sept. 11 and Chris Young on Sept. 24.
Iglesias and Noah, known for their raw and energetic stage presence, will surely put on a performance the GMC hasn’t seen much of. Iglesias, known for his “Fluffy” specials is sure to get students laughing. With Noah’s recently acquired fan base since taking over “The Daily Show,” this is a big name for the GMC. With the controversy of the upcoming presidential race, Noah will certainly get students riled up with his timing and delivery when it comes to attacking political issues and controversy. If anybody is qualified to perform stand up about politics, it’sNoah. It will be interesting to see how elements of “The Daily Show” will be incorporated in his act. Whether it feels like an actual episode or not, it’s sure to top sitting on the couch watching him on Comedy Central.
The GMC is known for music, and the upcoming acts are establishing that even further. Tickets are already going fast for these three artists. DeGraw is well-known by “One Tree Hill” binge watchers as his single “I Don’t Want to Be” is featured in the opening sequence. DeGraw is also known for his songs “Chariot,” “In Love with a Girl,” “Not Over You” and “Fire.” DeGraw’s style and singing voice creates an act that all music fans can enjoy. As he makes his first performance at Sonoma State University, students can only hope that DeGraw will “Follow Through” with a stellar performance.
You can’t have GMC events without incorporating some country shows at some point. The GMC will certainly be packed for both artists. Bringing two different styles and sounds, both Hayes and Young will resonate with plenty of fans.
Young, a former winner of the singing completion the “Nashville Star,” has captivated a lot of country music fans in a short amount of time. After the release of his self-titled debut album in 2006, Young has consistently been putting out hits. Known for his singles “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” “Getting You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “Tomorrow” and “I’m Comin’ Over,” whatever setlist Young performs, it will not disappoint.
Hunter Hayes, the 24 year old singer/songwriter from Louisiana, is the youngest male act to ever top the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Hayes’ single “Wanted” has sold over 3.5 million copies and his popularity is only on the rise. A multi-faceted and talented artist, Hayes is changing what it means to be a true performer. Also known for his hits “Invisible,” “Storm Warning,” “I Want Crazy” and “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me,” Hayes will bring a fresh and new performance to campus that is sure to leave quite the impact.
Tickets will surely go fast, as these are events no one would want to miss. The GMC has turned it up to 11 this time, and it will be exciting to see just how much noise these performers make on campus. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Center Box Office or at gmc.sonoma.edu.