Among the wide variety of music and entertainment in Burruss Hall over the past month — Jason Mraz, J. Cole, Wale and Aziz Ansari – next in the line-up is synthetic pop band Passion Pit.
On Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Union presents Passion Pit’s tour with opening act The Joy Formidable. Passion Pit has produced several recognizable songs including singles “The Reeling” and "Sleepyhead" from their first album “Manners” and “Take a Walk” from their second and latest album “Gossamer.”
VTU selected the acts after surveying the student body about which performances they would most like to see. Passion Pit won their category, based on musicians of a similar genre, over the acts Ellie Goulding, Timeflies, Major Lazer, Diplo, Krewella and Steve Aoki. Ellie Goulding was a close second, but Passion Pit was the survey’s leading response.
DezaRae Beers, director of concerts in VTU, worked on booking Passion Pit once she collected the data from the surveys.
“They won by a pretty decent margin, so I did my best to book them (and) get them here,” Beers said.
Booking acts to play at Burruss, especially popular ones like Passion Pit, involves indirectly working with their management to confirm interest and availability. As Beers puts it, arranging entertainment for a large audience can't happen simply in one email from a college student.
“Depending how big the artist is, we use a middle agent,” Beers said. “Then it was picking a date, and making sure their opener could come… It’s a lot that goes into it, and it’s been a couple month long process.”
The process also involves arranging security, reserving Burruss Hall and managing all of the marketing for the concert.
Tickets are currently on sale for $20 for students, $25 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public. They will be on sale until the day of the concert and will continue to be sold at the door for the same prices. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.