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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will be taking Rockefeller Stage March 31 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will be taking Rockefeller Stage March 31 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Photo by Nikole Kost

Photo by Nikole Kost

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will be taking Rockefeller Stage March 31 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Written By Robert Berger, Co-Sports Editor

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On March 31, the Pittsburgh Playhouse will host its first rock concert with an artist outside of Point Park, featuring Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties and Drop the Act.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties is the solo project of Dan “Soupy” Campbell, lead singer of Philadelphia pop punk band, The Wonder Years. With two releases under the project’s belt, Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties infuses Campbell’s pop punk lyric style with folk rock instrumentation.

“Someone told me Dan was looking to play colleges, so I took a shot and sent his management an email,” Pioneer Records booking agent and sports, arts and entertainment management junior Molly Miller said. “It’s amazing we were able to book him.”

Campbell started the Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties project in 2014 while taking a break between album releases for The Wonder Years. With the band, Campbell has toured the world and has headlined Warped Tour and other festivals worldwide.

WPPJ assistant general manager Miranda Van Bramer has seen The Wonder Years three times in concert, but the Playhouse show will be her first time seeing Campbell playing under the Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties project.

“It’s awesome, and I think it’s an honor that Pioneer [Records] was able to pull this through,” Van Bramer said. “I personally know a lot of the individuals who put this together, and I hope our station members go and see the hard work they put in.”

This concert will be the first headlining show Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties has played in Pittsburgh. The project has played Pittsburgh’s Four Chord Music Festival in the past but were limited on set time.

“Now that the Altar Bar closed, there isn’t a good sized venue for this show,” Miller said. “Stage AE is too big and the Smiling Moose is too small, but the Playhouse is the perfect size.”

New Castle pop punk group Drop the Act will open the show. Formed in 2012, the band has one full length release, “Let’s Plan a Robbery,” which came out in 2015. The band is currently working on their second album set to be released later this year.

This past December, Drop the Act worked on music for the new album with Craig Owens, vocalist of the alternative bands Chiodos and Isles and Glaciers.

Pioneer Records has hosted one other rock concert at the Playhouse, which featured Point Park’s Chase and the Barons this past Halloween. After a successful show, the record label is looking to bring more national acts to Point Park. This is the first band not signed to Pioneer Records set to perform at the Playhouse.

“We [Pioneer Records] wanted to bring in a national act, so I had students request artists on Twitter and Soupy was brought by a few people,” Miller said.

Holding concerts at the Playhouse is also giving students in the sports, arts and entertainment management program a chance to work in an actual concert environment.

Jobs usually covered by venue staff will be handled by the students for the performance.

“I’m excited to have the chance to work a real show and be in charge backstage, it will be a great experience,” Pioneer Records booking intern and sophomore sports, arts and entertainment sophomore Amber Montz said.

The concert is free to Point Park students while tickets are being sold online for non-students.

“Soupy has die hard fans that will follow him anywhere,” Miller said. “We’ve already had people out of state say on Facebook that they are attending.”

Pioneer Records is anticipating a large turnout.

“We have to have people for production, running, load in, merchandise and all the other jobs involved in a show,” Montz said. “It’s a lot of coordinating but it’s been a lot of fun so far.”

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