Indie band Dispatch will perform on McDonough Field for the Homecoming concert on Sept. 28, the Student Programming Council (SPC) announced.
Other performers have been booked but have yet to be announced.
To attract Emory Alumni, the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) — co-sponsoring the concert with SPC — wanted an artist that would “appeal to a diverse audience,” said College senior and SPC Homecoming Co-Chair Ashley London.
She added that SPC wanted an artist that would excite students as well.
“Dispatch was a great choice for this event because while they have been around for a long time, they are also popular now so they are appealing for both students and alumni,” London said.
The news came as part of SPC’s Facebook announcement campaign, which was organized by College sophomore and SPC Technology Chair Max Mayblum.
SPC developed the campaign, which launched on Aug. 26, to generate buzz throughout the Emory community and increase Emory pride, Mayblum said.
To find out more about the Homecoming performers, SPC asks for at least 75 shares of their Facebook status to learn who the Homecoming comedian is, 100 shares to know about Friday night performer at this year’s Homecoming Ball and 150 shares to find out about this year’s Homecoming theme.
Additionally, 25 of the students who share the status will be randomly selected to win a Swoop’s Week T-shirt and poster bundle.
SPC President and Business School senior Raghvi Anand said that SPC is trying to transition the name of Homecoming Week into Swoop’s Week so that it can be comparable to Dooley’s Week in the spring.
College sophomore Lisa Dourmashkin attended a Dispatch concert at the Tabernacle last October and said she loves the band’s passion.
— By Josh Cowle