A month into fall quarter, Associated Students Productions Pop Music put on their second concert of the year, and welcomed “the big band on campus,” Young the Giant. Along with the popular alternative-rock band, the concert featured the Seattle-based band Kithkin on Oct. 11, 2011 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room with 800 attendees.
Less than a year after their self-titled debut studio album, Young the Giant soared to popularity with three hit singles and a tour with Incubus. Though they are relatively new in the commercial music industry, they performed at the MTV Video Music Awards last August. Showing their popularity, the concert sold out a few days in advance, said ASP Pop Music Coordinator Megan Housekeeper.
Kithkin, who Housekeeper discovered at their Bellingham show, was the most fun local show Housekeeper had ever seen.
Even so, the popularity of the Young the Giant and Kithkin show surprised her.
“I booked the show over the summer and didn’t expect it to get too much attention,” Housekeeper said. “It was a risk.”
The concert turned out to be extremely popular in the younger crowd at Western. Demographic research of ticket purchasers showed that concert was most popular with freshmen, Housekeeper said.
Living up to her expectations, Housekeeper said the show was extremely energetic.