Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will headline a concert at Kent State University on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. The â€œCentennial Campaignâ€ concert to benefit the Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund serves as a celebration of the conclusion of Kent Stateâ€™s Centennial Campaign, a $250-million fundraising effort timed around universityâ€™s 100th anniversary in 2010 and the largest campaign in Kent Stateâ€™s history. To date, the university has exceeded its goal, raising more than $256 million for endowment, capital projects and current operating funds, with emphasis on student scholarships. The concert is presented by the Kent State University Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that is legally separate from the university.
The â€œCentennial Campaignâ€ concert featuring Crow also will include Los Lonely Boys, a band from Texas whose debut single, â€œHeaven,â€ won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2005. A third major band will be revealed at a later date.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and at the Kent State Ticket Office, which is located at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) on the Kent Campus. Tickets are $50 for chair back seats and $35 for bleacher seats. Special ticket pricing for Kent State students is available from the Kent State Ticket Office with $30 student floor seats (standing room only) and $20 bleacher seats. A valid Kent State student ID must be presented at the Kent State Ticket Office to receive the student discount. The Sept. 8 concert will occur rain or shine with doors opening at 5 p.m. and a 6 p.m. concert start time.
A portion of ticket sales from the concert will go directly to support Kent Stateâ€™s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, the universityâ€™s student philanthropy initiative, kicking off the next round of fundraising for student scholarships. The Campaign for Change enlists student volunteers to educate their peers about the impact of private support on their education and to encourage students to â€œpay it forwardâ€ supporting an endowed scholarship fund. Since its launch in 2007, the Campaign for Change has raised more than $65,000 from students, parents, faculty and staff. Student gifts range from as little as $1 to as large as $200. In 2009, the fund reached the $25,000 threshold required to endow it, meaning Kent State students have left a legacy that will aid their peers, current and future, in perpetuity. For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, visit www.campaign-for-change.org.
About Sheryl Crow
Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide, saw the launch of her very own clothing line Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor and passionate humanitarian and has performed for President Obama. From humble beginnings as a jingle and back-up singer, Crow has reached the pinnacle of professional solo success.
Crowâ€™s debut, the seven-times platinum â€œTuesday Night Music Club,â€ hit number 3 and earned three Grammys â€“ Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the classic â€œAll I Wanna Do.â€ The album also featured â€œStrong Enough,â€ â€œCanâ€™t Cry Anymoreâ€ and â€œLeaving Las Vegas.â€
Her 1996 triple-platinum, self-titled album, â€œSheryl Crow,â€ earned the Grammy for Best Rock Album, and the song â€œIf It Makes You Happyâ€ won the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. With the 1998 release of the platinum â€œThe Globe Sessionsâ€ album, she also garnered the Best Rock Album Grammy, as its â€œEveryday Is A Winding Roadâ€ and â€œMy Favorite Mistakeâ€ both reached the Pop Top 20.
The new millennium brought 2002â€™s platinum â€œCâ€™mon, Câ€™mon,â€ whose gold â€œSoak Up The Sunâ€ peaked in the Top 20 and â€œSteve McQueenâ€ again nabbed her a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy. The 2003 greatest hits compilation, the four-times platinum â€œThe Very Best Of Sheryl Crow,â€ also was a number 2 charter, featuring a new recording, a cover of Cat Stevensâ€™ â€œThe First Cut Is The Deepest.â€ Crowâ€™s 2005 platinum â€œWildflowerâ€ featured the duet with Sting, â€œAlways On Your Side.â€ On her 2008 release, â€œDetours,â€ Crow explores both personal and global issues. It was produced by Bill Bottrell, who last worked with Crow on her 1993 debut, â€œTuesday Night Music Club.â€ Crow unveiled her soul stylings on her seventh studio set, â€œ100 Miles From Memphis.â€ Growing up in Kennett, Mo., 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late â€˜60s, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T and Aretha Franklin, and in the early â€˜70s, including Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and Aretha Franklin, all of whom have shaped the artist Crow is today.
Crow is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the World Food Program. This year saw the opening of the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center in the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles. For more information about Sheryl Crow, visit her official site at www.sherylcrow.com.