SAC concerts to present Ingrid Michaelson and Augustana April 17

March 30, 2010

The Luther College Student Activities Council concerts committee will present “A Night with Ingrid Michaelson and Augustana, featuring Stephen Speaks” Saturday, April 17, in the Regents Center main gymnasium.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or [email protected], open Monday-Friday,
9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours Thursdays: open until 7 p.m.  Tickets may also be purchased online at

New York singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s music has best been described as a mixture of folk and indie-pop. On her newest album “Everybody,” Michaelson expresses her difficulties coming to terms with an ending love through a balance of  “melodious pop with dreamy instrumental layers and universal themes” according to Billboard magazine. Her journey through this difficult process seems to conclude in her single “Maybe,” when she sings that even though she does not want to let go she knows that she must.

Michaelson’s songs show her honesty even when it seems to sting. She says that her words are very straightforward and her melodies are “deceptively simple” and catchy. Listen to samples of Michaelson’s music at

Augustana’s music has been described as “modern, melodic, piano-driven rock.” The band’s most recent album, “Can’t Love, Can’t Get Hurt,” is a record about the experience of becoming more united as a band.

Their songwriter Dan Layus’ experiences of recently becoming a husband and father have caused him to become more serious about his career and have influenced his songwriting. “Meet You There Someday” was inspired by Layus’ daughter and his emotional struggle with having to leave her behind when he goes on tour.

Augustana has traveled with musicians such as Switchfoot, Maroon 5, The Fray, Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, O.A.R., Snow Patrol, The Damnwells, Goo Goo Dolls, Acceptance, Cartel and OneRepublic. Listen to samples of Augustana’s music at

Stephen Speaks will open the evening of performances. Stephen Speaks is considered one of the most successful independent bands of the last decade. This is mostly due to their major label numbers, tens of millions of Internet plays, ability to sell hundreds of thousands of singles online and having been declared platinum internationally. Listen to samples of Stephen Speaks’ music at

Ingrid Michaelson