By Jay Salton
Jan. 23, 2015. Electronic music fans in Boone have something to get excited about. The Rain Drops Tour, headlined by Colorado artist Paper Diamond, will come to Legends at Appalachian State University on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Doors will open at 9 p.m.
Tickets are currently available for purchase online at the Legends website or at the ticket desk in Plemmons Student Union, which is open Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for ASU students in advance and $18 at the door and for guests. For more ticket information, call 828-262-3030.
Over the course of three months, The Rain Drops Tour will bring Paper Diamond to 33 cities all over the East Coast and Midwest. The Boone show will feature support by L.A.-based group Nadastrom and Toronto’s Torro Torro, both rising stars in the EDM world who will be joining the headliner on many of the tour dates.
This genre has proved to be incredibly popular among college students, with acts such as Cherub and Ghostland Observatory selling out Legends and providing a party atmosphere that cannot be reached at other venues on campus.
“We are still doing reggae and bluegrass and heritage,” said Randy Kelly, program advisor for the Appalachian Department of Student Programs.
“We try to be diverse, but this is definitely one of the more popular trends of the last two years.”
EDM, or electronic dance music, often features one or two people onstage armed with a computer and various other electronic equipment as opposed to traditional instruments. With this gear, they are able to make computer-generated beats, often aided by flashy visuals, lighting and audience participation. Acts like this are known to make frequent high-profile festival appearances at events such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and Coachella.
“It’s just giving people the show they like with lights, special effects, and a great beat,” said Kelly, adding, “the audience is actually the show.”
Students and fans should expect more electronic music to be coming to ASU and a full house at the Paper Diamond show, so get your tickets while they are still available.
For more information on Paper Diamond, visit his website at http://www.paper-diamond.com/.