Large crowds expected at Halperin, Fray concert tonight in Commons

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    Grammy-nominated band The Fray will kick off their fall tour tonight with a concert in the Campus Commons.

    TCU alumnus Tim Halperin will open for The Fray and the concert is set to start at 8:30 p.m.

    Student Body President Jackie Wheeler said she is excited to bring together all the different classes and hopes the concert will create a community feel.

    “I just want to create the TCU experience for these people who might not have been to a concert on campus before,” Wheeler said.

    Wheeler said the Student Government Association wanted to change things up and not bring a country band to campus this year.

    SGA created a survey to figure out what genre of music the student body would like to hear, Wheeler said. The survey, which was sent to the House of Student Representatives, showed students wanted an alternative rock band.

    Wheeler said she still believed the country genre appeals to the majority of TCU students, but thinks most students will enjoy The Fray.

    Nicole Bernard-Munoz, a sophomore communication studies major, said she is planning on attending the concert and thought The Fray is a band “everybody is into.”

    “It should be pretty big,” Bernard-Munoz said. “Everybody is pretty excited for it.”

    Student activities coordinator Brett Phillips said he expected anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 people to attend the concert.

    Ann Louden, the chancellor’s associate for external relations and Tim Halperin’s manager, said she believed a combination of Halperin and The Fray will provide a memorable performance for TCU students, especially the freshmen who have not seen Halperin perform.

    “It is so incredible to be playing with The Fray,” Halperin said. “They are a huge influence on my music and one of my favorite bands by far.”

    Halperin, who graduated from TCU in 2010, was a contestant on the tenth season of “American Idol” and made it to the top 24 of the competition.

    Halperin said he will be performing all new songs from his upcoming album “Rise and Fall” set to release on September 27th. Halperin will perform with a six piece band including a live cello.

    “I would consider TCU to be my greatest support and to be able to say, ‘hey here’s what you can look forward to on the record,’ is just a kind of thank you for the support I’ve received from the Horned Frogs,” Halperin said.

    Wheeler said the 2012 class has been exposed to Halperin’s music for the last few years and is excited for the freshmen to hear him perform.

    “He is kind of a staple on TCU life and who better to open for The Fray?” Wheeler said. “[Halperin is] a TCU face we all know and love, and [we can] introduce the freshmen to someone they might not have seen before.”

    Phillips said he was excited Halperin is performing and thought the concert will be a great experience.

    “It’s going to be awesome,” Phillips said. “I think the weather is incredible. You can’t get a better venue than the Commons, and I think it will be an incredible live show.”

    The Fray with special guest Tim Halperin
    When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.
          Gates open at 7:45 p.m.
    Where: Campus Commons
    Cost: free to students, faculty and staff with valid TCU ID
    One guest permitted per ID