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Jonesing for Jonas

Jealous thats how the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) promised people would feel if they waited too long to purchase tickets for the expected sold-out Nick Jonas concert, which will take over Renaissance Coliseum tomorrow.

Like every concert on the Hilltop, ACBU is responsible for arranging and executing the event. This year, ACBU members said planning for such a sought-after star was no easy task.

ACBU coordinator Brooke Engerman said the process of booking Jonas began as it usually does: with a survey.

Our agent sends us a list of 70 artists in our price range, Engerman, junior English professional writing and advertising double major, said. From the list of 70, we narrow it down to 30, and thats what goes on the Facebook survey that Bradley students vote on.

Freshman Sophia Vojita said she was excited to see the artist behind hit songs like Jealous, Chains and Levels as one of the survey options.

Nick was my favorite Jonas brother when I was a kid, and now, he’s one of my favorite solo artists, Vojita said.

According to the ACBU student poll, Jonas was the top request, beating out both Blink-182 and Big Sean.

This year it so happened that we got our number-one survey choice, Nick Jonas, to agree, Engerman said. This isnt always easy with the number-one choice because they dont always have compatible dates and times, but we got lucky this year.

Jonas almost canceled his original performance (previously scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28) due to a filming conflict in August. But Engerman said it was yet another stroke of luck when the singer decided to reschedule instead for Saturday.

Right before we announced the cancelation, we got a call that hed be willing to do the Saturday show, Engerman said. It was just so nice for him to accommodate us because hes literally just flying into Peoria for the concert and then flying back out.

Previous ACBU concerts were held on Tuesdays and still managed to sell out, according to Engerman. With Jonas set to perform on Saturday, ACBU is expecting nothing short of a packed audience higher than last years concert featuring Bastille, which saw an audience of 1,735.

We’ve sold 2,035 tickets and the student pit is completely sold out, Engerman said. We haven’t had a sold out pit for several years We found we didnt have to do as much advertising as usual, just because the name Nick Jonas gets tickets sold.

She also said this is because the name Nick Jonas catches the attention of more than just the Disney Channel-devoted fans.

I know there are some unhappy people on campus about this artist, mostly guys, but I feel like hes an artist everyone can relate to, Engerman said. Hes appeared in TV shows and movies – hes actually going to be in the re-make of Jumanji with Dwayne The Rock Johnson. His new music as a solo artist is also all over the radio.

The concert will take place tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Renaissance Coliseum.

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