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KCAC expands concert lineup

by SAM KUSIC skusic@indianagazette.net on February 16, 2011 3:00 AM

Alternative band Stone Temple Pilots is scheduled to perform April 22 at IUP's Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, the venue's managers have announced.

Tickets, which start at $37.50, go on sale Saturday. Discounted student tickets are available. A $2 facility fee will be added to each ticket sold. The performance begins at 8 p.m. An opening act has yet to be announced.

This is the fourth concert scheduled at the Kovalchick Center, which officially opens next month. The booking adds to an opening lineup that so far seems to be delivering on the university's promise that the venue would draw national-level performances to the county.

To wit:

The Harlem Globetrotters, performing March 10, will be the Kovalchick Complex's inaugural event. Hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame is playing March 24, followed by jam band Widespread Panic on April 3.

Four days later, The Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus will begin a four-day run, concluding April 10. Classic rock singers Steve Miller and Gregg Allman play April 27.

And two other acts, a country performer and a rock band, are in the works, said James Grafstrom, KCAC general manager. He said he could not yet reveal the identities of the musicians, though an announcement on one is expected to come this week, he said.

One of those performances is scheduled for April; the other is June.

The bookings are largely the result of Grafstrom's firm, Comcast subsidiary Global Spectrum, the Kovalchick Complex's third-party manager. The firm is paid based on a percentage of the complex's annual adjusted gross revenue.

University officials said they are so far pleased with the company's efforts on the booking fronts.

"We really have a nice variety of shows coming," said Sam Phillips, interim assistant vice president for administration.

Grafstrom said the two unannounced shows will fill out the spring roster of concerts and family shows. After that, his staff will be more focused on the summer conference and convention season and putting together a lineup of acts for the fall and winter.

Grafstrom said the Kovalchick Complex's conference business is beginning to gain traction -- it has 25 events scheduled in the first four months of operation.

Tickets to the Stone Temple Pilots concert will be available at the Kovalchick Complex's temporary box office at the athletic ticket window in Memorial Field House. The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are being extended for the first day of ticket sales -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Tickets also are available online at www.comcasttix.com or by calling (800) 298-4200. A convenience fee applies.

A schedule of events and ticket information is available at www.kovalchickcomplex.com.

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