Stars Go Dim, a self-proclaimed pop, rock and soul band from Tulsa, Okla., performed in Webb Hall last Saturday following the football game against Central Missouri. The concert was free and sponsored by the Union Activities Council as part of Emporia State’s Family Day festivities.
“We have a special love for Emporia,” said Mike Wright, manager. “It was the best show I have ever worked.”
Last spring, the band played a sold-out concert at the Granada Theatre, and UAC got the idea to have them perform on campus. Since events are selected a semester ahead of time, UAC had to start making preparations immediately, said Benny Bowden, UAC live music chair.
“This is honestly one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to,” said Kayla Bauck, senior elementary education major.
Stars Go Dim got their start four years ago in Tulsa, Okla. Joey Avalos, guitarist, said the band started as a “side project,” and that they draw inspiration from all types of music.
“Anything from Slayer to Mayer,” Avalos said.
As far as their name goes, the band said they wished they had a unique story behind it, but they said that Stars Go Dim was just their favorite of the names they came up with.
Lead singer Chris Cleveland said their goal is to write songs that connect with all people. Before a show, the band has a tradition to help get them pumped and ready for the crowd.
“We grab a guitar and just play,” Avalos said. “We free style.”
On Saturday, the crowd got a taste of this tradition when the band answered the crowd’s cheers for an encore with not only another song but a free style jam session.
“I’ve never seen a band do what they did with the extended encore and jam session,” Bauck said.
During the show, the space in front of the stage filled up with students dancing and moving to the music.
“They were soulful and funky,” said Chase Hoag, junior secondary education major. “I was very appreciative of that fact.”
After the show, fans were able to buy merchandise and talk with the band.
“I thought they were great,” said Emilea Peine, junior elementary education major. “I’m glad I came. They were really fun.”
Stars Go Dim’s second album, “Between Here and Now,” comes out Oct. 4. The band will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Tulsa State Fair.