Nathan Merrick, The Resolute
A Welcome Weekend Concert for returning East Tennessee State University students, faculty and staff will be held Saturday evening on the ETSU intramural athletics field.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with an opening performance by the fiery Nashville rock band The Resolute, featuring ETSU alumni Nathan Merrick and Carter Bradford.
The Resolute will be followed by We The Kings and the concert’s headliner, Mayday Parade.
Merrick, who graduated from ETSU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in digital media, plays guitar and keyboards and also serves as the band’s tour manager. He has worked as a live sound engineer for mainstream groups, including Goo Goo Dolls and All American Rejects, and as a recording engineer for East Coast Mobile Recording, recording such mainstream artists as Motown legend Percy Sledge and country music’s Bucky Covington. Bradford, who graduated from ETSU in 2009 with a degree in corporate finance, has been preforming and progressing as an acoustic and electric guitarist, songwriter and music producer since 2007.
The Resolute describes its music as “not quite heavy metal, but more than mere hard rock.” Their “complex guitar solos, hot vocals and most honest of lyrics” buck genre lines and have won the band attention, leading them to open for groups including P.O.D., Trapt, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Apocalyptica.
“The emotions that we want people to feel are intense emotions, to the most raw sense possible,” Merrick said.
We The Kings are best known for their platinum-selling single “Check Yes Juliet.” Their top 40 hits also include “Heaven Can Wait,” “We’ll Be A Dream” and “She Takes Me High.” “Say You Like Me,” from We The Kings’ third album “Sunshine State of Mind,” was recognized with an MTV Music Award for Most Innovative Video of 2011.
Mayday Parade burst onto the rock music scene in 2006 with their first album “A Lesson in Romantics,” climbing to No. 5 on the iTunes play list. Since moving to Atlantic Records in 2009, the band has followed up with the release of their self-titled “Mayday Parade” album in 2011, and “Monsters in the Closet,” released in October.
Tickets are $15 if purchased before 3 p.m. Saturday online at etsu.edu/sga/events, or $20 after 3 p.m. Gates will open at 6:30.