Musical artists Sammy Adams and Jake Miller graced the stage of Aalfs Auditorium at USD Thursday night, performing a long-awaited and nearly sold out concert sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
The first to perform was Adams –the artist behind songs including “L.A. Story” and “All Night Longer.” He said during his performance that this was his first visit to South Dakota, and made comments referencing the USD-SDSU rivalry.
Adams was quite interactive with the crowd during his performance, jumping onto the floor several times, dumping a number of bottles of water on people, and at one point announcing he was holding a cell phone belonging to someone in the crowd.
After the energetic Adams finished his act, Miller took the stage. Miller said he had visited Red’s Steakhouse prior to the concert as he explored Vermillion.
Miller did some crowd interfacing of his own, speaking with individual audience members from time to time and reaching out toward them from the stage.
Just before the concert, Maddie Hermes, a sophomore and board member of CAB, said the organization was pleased with the turnout for the show.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “We put in a lot of work to plan for this event, and we’re just about sold out of tickets, so we’re really excited.”
Jamie Pickinpaugh, a sophomore and staff member at the concert, was eager for the show to begin.
“Everybody’s going to enjoy the show, it should be really good,” Pickinpaugh said.
Sophomore Hailey Moodie shared a similar level of enthusiasm for the concert.
“I’m pretty excited – this is the first concert I’ve ever been to, so I don’t know what to expect,” Moodie said.