The Band Perry, Third Eye Blind to play 2015 Commodore Quake

Vanderbilt University has announced the performers for its 15th annual Commodore Quake. The Band Perry and Third Eye Blind will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Gym. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the general public are now available at the discounted rate of $30 each. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, Vanderbilt faculty and staff can receive a special discounted rate on tickets by using the code “Perry” when ordering. The special discounted rate will end Monday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m.

Tickets for Vanderbilt students are $25 (limit one ticket per student with a Vanderbilt ID).

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling 1‐800‐745‐3000. Tickets also can be purchased with no service fees at the Sarratt Student Center Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. For general event information, call 615‐322‐2425.

“We are incredibly excited to bring two fantastic bands to Vanderbilt’s campus,” Kern Vohra, chair of the Vanderbilt Music Group, said. “This is going to be a great year for Quake, and I speak for everyone on The Music Group when I say that we are beyond happy to be a part of it.”

Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, the siblings of The Band Perry have been pumping out country hits for years. Starting with their massive single “If I Die Young,” which took the top spot on the Billboard Country chart and went six times platinum, the band leapt to the forefront of the national country scene and never looked back. The band’s self-titled debut EP hit No. 2 on the Billboard Country chart and also went platinum. Their popularity garnered them a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song and netted them the Best New Artist award at the CMA Awards.

Pioneer, the group’s second album, demonstrated a mature progression as the trio continued to find the sound that puts it at the forefront of popular country today. The band released two more singles, “DONEand “Better Dig Two,” which grabbed the top spots on the U.S. Country Airplay list, with the latter also taking the No. 1 slot on the U.S. Billboard Country list for multiple weeks. After releasing Pioneer, the band joined country superstars Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton in separate tours across the country. Between the releases of their studio albums, The Band Perry also toured with Rascal Flatts on their Live and Loud Tour and Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality Tour. Most recently, the band has continued its pre-eminence in country with the single “Gentle on My Mind,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Song by a Country Duo/Group Performance.

Third Eye Blind is known for its ’90s hit “Semi-Charmed Life,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Track of the Year in 1997. The group formed in San Francisco in 1993 when Stephen Jenkins, a northern California solo act, decided to put together a band, recruiting bassist Arion Salazar, Kevin Cadogan and former Counting Crows drummer Brad Hargreaves. Their self-titled debut album, Third Eye Blind, was a smash hit. It reached No. 25 on the U.S. Hot 100, sold 6 million copies in the United States, and included three top 10 singles. They spent the next three years touring with bands such as U2 and Oasis.

Their second album, Blue, was released in 1999, selling 1.25 million copies nationwide, with “Never Let You Go” reaching similar success as an earlier single. The band toured internationally for many years before taking a break to perform only for charity, including for the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Breathe Benefit Concert in Los Angeles. The early 2000s brought the releases of albums Out of the Vein and Ursa Major, the latter of which was released under the group’s own label, Mega Collider Records. Ursa Major topped the Billboard Rock Albums chart, Top Alternative Albums chart and Top Digital Albums chart. The band’s most recent album, Dopamine, was released in 2015 with the single “Everything is Easy.”

About Vanderbilt’s Office of Arts and Campus Events

The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Arts and Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The mission of the office is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student-run organization responsible for planning and producing Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.

For more information about this year’s Commodore Quake, visit the event’s website or follow it on Twitter.

Contact: Dwayne V. Elliott, (615) 322-2471