By Ajay Major
The first Concert Club event of the year has been canceled. Originally, the Concert Club booked both The Cataracs and New Boyz to perform in the Field House on Friday, Jan. 20. During winter break, The Cataracs informed the Concert Club’s agent that a personal commitment had arisen and that the group could no longer come to campus.
“The way the industry works is that there is a clause in most performer’s contracts that says they can cancel a performance within a certain time frame for various reasons. While the show cancellation may be a disappointment to students, I can say that no money was lost with The Cataracs,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities Kerrie Wolf-Piechota.
The Concert Club requested a different date; however, the Field House, which is the largest concert venue at Union, is not available for the rest of the term.
“It was a shaky start from the beginning with [The Cataracs],” said Director of Student Activities Matt Milless. “None of this is abnormal. It’s part of the job.”
Concert Club executive board members decided on Monday to cancel the concert altogether.
This decision was made due to the limited time remaining to book a substitute act, administer ticket sales and promote the concert.
U-Program has rearranged their schedule and plans to hold a Bingo event on the weekend that The Cataracs were expected to perform.
Meanwhile, The Concert Club is planning another event for mid-February in a smaller venue. They are considering inviting more mellow performers, such as Colbie Caillat, Gavin Degraw or Sara Bareilles.
“We expect a great turnout and a successful concert,” said Concert Club President Brenda Souza ‘13. “We hope students understand that a lot of hard work has been put into planning our winter concert and will continue to be put into planning a show in February. These sudden changes were really unexpected and out of our control.”