The Blue Streaks are Back and so is live music at John Carroll University.
COIN, a Nashville-based alt-pop group, will perform for JCU students on the Main Quad at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3. The annual fall concert is sponsored by the Student Union Programming Board (SUPB).
Live music is a longstanding tradition at John Carroll. Performers ranging from Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel, and Jackson Browne in the 70’s all the way to T-Pain, Jesse McCartney, and Two Brothers in more recent years have entertained the student body on campus.
“Our campus concerts have been an important part of the JCU student experience for many decades,” said Dr. Sherri Crahen, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “They provide an opportunity for students to enjoy everything our campus has to offer while having fun with friends. We are thrilled to welcome COIN to John Carroll for a memorable night.”
COIN emerged as a fan favorite in the alternative genre in 2015 with their single “Run,” the fifth-most played song of the year on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation. Following their first breakthrough single “Talk Too Much” in 2016, COIN has built a passionate following across the globe. Their subsequent release, 2017’s “How Will You Know If You Never Try,” saw COIN catapult into Billboard Music’s Top Ten Alternative Songs chart, evolving the band from opening act to headliner in shows across the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. After their next single, 2018’s “Simple Romance,” COIN toured with Young The Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums.
Throughout the band’s illustrious young history, they have played in several high-profile music festivals, including Lollapalooza, SandJam Festival, Bonnaroo Reading & Leeds, Firefly, and Music Midtown. Members Chase Lawrence (vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums), and Joe Memmel (guitar) are produced by Grammy Award-winner Jay Joyce (The Head and the Heart, FIDLAR, Cage The Elephant) and aim to remove the barrier between audience and band during their live performances.
“We’ve grown so much over the past few years, it’s been a work-in-progress to keep the feeling of a very home-style show,” Lawrence notes. “Every time we play, we want everyone to know that this is a safe place, where no one’s judging you for how you think or how you act. I grew up in church, and sometimes when we’re up there and they’re all singing back to us, it almost feels like church to me. It’s a very special thing for all of us to feel that close to the crowd.”
The SUPB Fall Concert is part of a series of events to welcome students back to campus. View all of the “Blue Streaks Are Back” events here.