On Tuesday, April 9, ‘90s teen pop-star-turned-Broadway-performer Aaron Carter will perform at Western as a part of his 60-day tour. Western students will be able to watch Carter perform old school hits off of his best-known 2000 album, "Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)" and even purchase all-access VIP tickets, allowing them to meet Carter himself.
"Aaron Carter: The After Party Tour 2013" will take place in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Regular tickets are $7 for students and $10 for general admission. All-access VIP packages can be purchased for $30. The concert is co-sponsored by the Associated Students Productions Pop Music and Special Events.
ASP Special Events Coordinator Jordan Renshaw said the idea for the show came about when some ASP employees noticed Carter’s tour was stopping in Seattle.
"It was kind of cool because all of us in AS Productions were just kind of reminisced about listening to Aaron Carter when we were younger," Renshaw said. "He’s kind of like our generation’s Justin Bieber."
Pop Music and Special Events proceeded to gauge student interest before deciding to book the concert and they were met with very diverse responses.
"I think the most exciting and shocking thing is that when we were out hand-billing for this event, I could not guess which person was going to be stoked and which person was going to laugh in our face," ASP Pop Music Coordinator Megan Housekeeper said. "We’d have a bunch of really buff dudes walking out of the Rec and we’d give them a handbill and they’d be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to go get my tickets right now.’"
Housekeeper said the VIP access helps differentiate this concert as a special event and not a normal Pop Music show. Only 50 VIP tickets are available to students and they include a meet-and-greet session with Carter after the show as well as a custom-printed VIP badge and a free poster.
"We will have the posters for sale at the event but the VIP people get it for free and they can bring it to Aaron to get it signed and have that one-on-one experience with him," Renshaw said. "They’re going fast, but they are definitely still available."
Renshaw said that the show is meant to be a throwback concert that appeals to the college generation’s musical nostalgia.
"I think a lot of people our age, around 18-22, are going to really be the ones to respond to it well. I think they’re going to have a great time," Renshaw said. "It’s just kind of an event where people can come and relieve their childhood, so to speak."