Andy Grammer set to take stage at May Day

Penguin Productions, which organizes events for the Youngstown State University community, recently announced that Andy Grammer will perform during this year’s May Day concert on May 3.

The student-only concert will take place in the Rec 5 Area on campus, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but students must present a valid student ID.

Grammer, who is new to the music scene, has emerged over the past year and is best known for “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me.”

Junior Sarah Gordon has heard of his songs but said she doesn’t know much about Grammer.

“I guess that’s cool though that YSU is trying to bring artists you hear on YouTube,” Gordon said.

“We are very excited to have Andy performing for us,” said Breanne Romeo, a Penguin Productions committee member.

When it came time to select the artist who would perform, the committee initially looked back at the Wiz Khalifa show put on at the Covelli Centre earlier this year.

Committee members then decided they would mix up the genres. Grammer plays mainly acoustic rock, while Khalifa’s genre is rap/hip-hop. The committee narrowed it down to three choices and decided on Grammer.

“Andy fit into the budget, he’s an up-and-coming artist and he’s going to provide a good show,” Romeo said.

Other events will take place throughout the day, including tailgating outside of Kilcawley Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Free food and beverages will be provided.

Freshman Danielle Good said she was unaware of the show. She doesn’t usually attend concerts.

“But I suppose it will be a feel-good event for the summer,” Good said.

Penguin Productions will also host a pre-concert party to promote the show and encourage students to attend.

After the show, various student organizations will be permitted to set up and decorate tables to show off their respective groups.