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November 10, 2015

Major Activities Board announces fall show lineup

Cloud Nothings and How To Dress Well will perform at the Major Activities Board (MAB)’s Fall Show, according to a MAB statement released Monday night at 9 p.m. The show will be held on November 21 at 8 p.m.

For the first time, MAB will sell tickets both online and in person. Students have consistently pressured MAB to move its ticket sales online to avoid skipping class and waiting in line for hours.

“We hope that online ticket sales will allow more students interested in attending the Fall Show the option of purchasing tickets themselves, limiting the number of extra tickets available for scalping,” MAB’s marketing and public relations chair Emily Espinel and public relations board member Graham Bacher said in an e-mail.

Tickets will be sold through the Logan Center Box Office, which is equipped to handle a high level of traffic to its website the moment tickets go on sale. The Logan Center Box Office takes a three percent cut of all revenue, which has deterred MAB from using its services in the past.

“In order to adjust for this loss, we have been working closely with our industry partners to find ways to decrease spending and increase revenue, such as negotiating lower tech and lighting costs and bolstering support from sponsors. Through this collaboration we intend to recover any loss in ticket revenue, and we foresee no effect on the quality of acts we bring to our shows,” Espinel and Bacher said.

Formed in 2009, Cloud Nothings is an indie-rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. It has received positive critical acclaim in many music publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Pitchfork, for their 2014 album Here and Nowhere Else.

How To Dress Well is the stage name of singer-songwriter Tom Krell, a Chicago native whose music combines R&B, indie pop, and electronica. Krell, a Ph.D. student in philosophy at DePaul University, has released three studio albums, the most recent of which is entitled What Is This Heart?

According to Espinel and Bacher, “These two acts embody the highest degree of artistic maturity and creativity. We believe these two groups cater to the musical tastes of listeners on campus and enrich the musical diversity of our recent performers.”

Tickets will be available online at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu beginning Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., and in person at the Logan Center Box Office at noon on the same day. The price is five dollars for students and $10 for staff. 

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