Not Too Proud to BEG: April 15 Concert Backed by Three Colleges

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The organizers of an April 15 concert by The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Andy Grammer had to negotiate not only with the bands, but with students on three campuses.

The concert is sponsored by BEG 4 Music, a joint effort by students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gannon University.

"It's an opportunity for the three schools to pool our money and fund a larger concert than we could on our own," said Brennan Zanella, a junior at Penn State Behrend. He is one of 15 students who have met regularly since October to coordinate the concert, which will be held at Tullio Arena in Erie.

Ticket prices start at $30. All tickets purchased on Wednesday, April 11, will be offered at a $10 discount. Tickets are available here.

Students first met to discuss the concert in October. They agreed early on to focus on the alternative-rock genre.

The Fray, a Grammy-nominated piano-rock  band, was an early choice. The group released its third disc, "Scars & Stories," in February. But the band's fees were more than each of the campus groups, working alone, could afford.

"Maybe if we bet the farm on it," said Dave Goodwill, coordinator of campus programming and recreation at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. "Throw in Jack's Mannequin and Andy Grammer, and there's no way. But working together, it's something we all can afford."