We Are the Strike performing on USU’s Old Main Hill Thursday

A band trying to follow in the footsteps of other recent successes out of Utah is bringing their unique sound to the picturesque setting of Utah State’s Old Main Hill. We Are the Strike will perform their high-energy blend of pop, jazz, funk and soul at the USU outdoor amphitheater Thursday night at 8 p.m.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”They are on the verge of becoming a pretty big, well-known band,” says concert promoter and organizer Robert Naylor. “They are right up there with their sound quality with Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. Those are all groups with ties to Utah, specifically to Utah County.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>The band members of We Are the Strike all met while attending Brigham Young University and started getting noticed when they won a competition to open for Stadium of Fire in 2013. The band opened for Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen that year.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”They can expect a high-energy, theatrical production,” says lead singer Cris Crabb when describing what people will hear on Thursday. “We try to make it as big as possible and pull out all the stops. So it should be a fun time.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>We Are the Strike is a nine piece band that includes a horn section, two guitars, a pianist and lead singer that borrows a lot of its influences from 1970s pop, jazz, and funk.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”We are influenced by that but we want to have a modern sound with some retro instrumentation,” says Crabb.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>This isn’t the first trip to Logan for the band. They performed at USU last fall. And once they’re done on Thursday the band is headed to Southern California and Las Vegas for a series of shows.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”Right after our show Thursday we’re heading to California to play at Hurley headquarters,” Crabb explains. “We have a show in Ontario the next night. Then we’ll be in Las Vegas for a corporate show at the Wynn.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>Before We Are the Strike takes the outdoor stage, Amy Whitcomb will open the show to add some diversity to the style of music being performed.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”She was on the Sing Off twice, which is an a capella competition, with two different groups,” says Naylor. “She was on the NBC show The Voice where she made it really far on Adam Levine’s team. So she’s had a lot of experience…She is going to do some songs to contrast We Are the Strike.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”Amy is one of my good friends,” says Crabb. “She is phenomenal. I’m scared to sing after her, honestly. She can really, really bring it. She has a great voice and you can expect some awesome things as well.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>Naylor says that he wanted to put together a fun event that everybody could attend and enjoy. He felt like the perfect location is the under-utilized amphitheater on USU’s Old Main Hill that seats approximately 1200 people.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”It looks out over the LDS temple, the mountains and the valley as a backdrop,” Naylor explains. “You get a great view of the valley with the sun going down. We are just really happy that we can utilize this venue that Utah State hasn’t used.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”You could say it’s distressed a little bit but that adds to the ambiance of the concert, I think. We are bringing in some great lighting, some great sound and we’re hoping to spruce up the amphitheater a bit and have a great event.”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>The event is being made possible as part of an internship program Naylor is involved in, along with help from Eric Eliason of Jnivin, radio station 94.5/98.3 VFX, Vooray and the USU Entrepreneurship Club. Tickets for the concert cost $8 per person and are available at both Twizleberry locations in Logan or at the gate the night of the concert.

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”They were an obvious choice for a local band who is up and coming,” Naylor says, “so people can say ‘I saw them when they were performing smaller events locally before they hit the national stage.'”

<p class=”western” style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>More details about the concert are available <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/1461390560776517/” target=”_blank”>here</a>.

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