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    “Death Cab, Ferdinand tickets sell tomorrow”

    Tickets for next month’s Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand concert will go on sale tomorrow and students said they are delighted organizers are offering tickets at a low price and smaller venue, in keeping with the indie music spirit.

    The bands will perform at Centennial Hall March 27, and fans around campus said organizers from the Associated Students of University of Arizona and the University Activities Board can bank on selling out the show because of both bands’ appeal.

    “”We’re lucky to have gotten a show of this caliber and we hope to cater to a large portion of campus,”” said Ryan Patterson, ASUA’s special events coordinator, adding that neither band has played in Tucson before. “”Some things just aligned. It gives them a new market.””

    The show, which will seat 2,400, is part of a “”packaged tour”” that will only play at three other campuses: Duke University, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, said Patterson, a third-year law student.

    “”It makes the school seem more important because we’re worthy of having such an attraction,”” said Emily Clark, a creative writing freshman.

    Patterson said he expects the show will be successful because “”everyone seems to know these bands”” or can recognize some of their songs.

    Patterson said no money will be exchanged upfront, but the bands would be paid after completing the show.

    Buy tickets

    Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Centennial Hall Box Office. Tickets will be available later at www.uapresents.com and 621-3341.

    He said he couldn’t comment on how much the bands would make for their performances, but that the budget started off with close to $50,000 and about $25,000 remains to spend on the event.

    “”This (show) will take away the rest of my budget from ASUA,”” Patterson said.

    Concert tickets will go on sale tomorrow at the Centennial Hall Main Box Office starting at 10 a.m. Shortly after, tickets will become available online at www.uapresents.com and by calling 621-3341 starting at noon.

    Ticket prices for students range from $15 to $35, and $20 to $37 for the public.

    A select number of tickets will also be available at Replay Entertainment in the Student Union Memorial Center starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, with ticket giveaways and contests running from tomorrow until the day of the show, said Chris Schafer, manager of Replay and a senior majoring in English.

    Kristen Maryn, UAB’s concert director, said although it can be challenging to cater to close to 40,000 students, the Death Cab and Franz Ferdinand performance is, in her estimate, the biggest show and will get a better student response than when student organizers helped to bring the Counting Crows to campus in 2001.

    Maryn said next month’s show will help assemble both mainstream and indie music fans because of the appeal both bands have toward the student body.

    “”This show will bring a good mixture of differing sounds to the table,”” said Maryn, a junior majoring in business management and sociology.

    Schafer said while he has only listened to a few tracks from Franz Ferdinand, the melodious timbre of Death Cab’s lead singer Ben Gibbard’s voice can appeal to just about anyone.

    “”Death Cab appeals to a broader audience,”” said Schafer, who still enjoys the band’s sound despite their switching from indie label Barsuk Records to Atlantic Records last year. “”They have a lot of charisma and know what they’re doing when they get onstage.””

    Nic Yamashita, a mechanical engineering junior, said he’s been a fan of Death Cab since high school and owns nearly all of their albums, including this year’s Grammy-nominated album “”Plans.””

    “”They’re both such chill bands and have a good mixture of music,”” Yamashita said. “”It’s great to see the student government bring them out for a cheap price. I’m glad it’s on campus.””

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