The CAB votes to schedule Cross Canadian Ragweed for April concert

Amye Buckley

The Campus Activities Board voted to bring the band Cross Canadian Ragweed to Missouri Southern for an outdoor concert April 18.

The ticket price is undecided but CAB members plan to set aside a block of free or discounted tickets for Southern students. The CAB expects a big turnout. Students will be required to have both a ticket and ID at the gate.

Tori Christiansen, director of student activities, received 30 e-mails in two days from a Facebook group petitioning her to bring the band to campus.

Shauna Eldringhoff, junior public relations major, was one of the students to write in. She has been following Cross Canadian Ragweed’s music for years.

“They’re not country and they’re not rock,” Eldringhoff said.

She describes the group’s style as a blend of blues, classic country and rock and thinks the group will appeal to a wide range of students.

The band was selected, in part, for its local appeal. The band members are native to Oklahoma and a large part of their fan base is in the four-state area. The CAB expects a large turnout for the event.

Eldringhoff expects people to drive from Fayetteville, Springfield, Tulsa and even as far as from Oklahoma City to hear the concert.

“Ragweed is the only red dirt band you could get people to drive that far for,” Eldringhoff said.

Eldringhoff says their sound is just as good in concert as it is on the album.

“I think that’s true talent,” Eldringhoff said, comparing the two. “Anyone can sound good on an album.”

For students more interested in gaming than music, the CAB has tentatively scheduled Game U the Xbox 360 College Tour to visit Southern March 20 in the Connor Ballroom of the Billingsly Student Center. Game U will bring 50 Xbox stations with games like NBA Live ’07, Mortal Kombat and America’s Army. CAB members approved the idea saying it would appeal to students with long breaks between classes, especially commuter students.

To get the entertainers they want, the CAB members are already making plans for the fall semester. Members talked about having the group Recycle Percussion, a trash can percussion band who performs in the style of Stomp, add some sound to Homecoming or Welcome Week.

Also next semester, John Zaffis, paranormal expert, will be invited back to Southern for Halloween.

“He is kinda known as the godfather of ghost hunting,” said Carolyn White, junior biology major and vice president of the CAB. “If you went to the Ghost Hunters event and you liked it, it’d be something a lot like that.”

For more information about CAB events please contact Tori Christiansen, 625-9320.