County partners with HU to present concert

Commissioners – HU – 2019 meeting

Harrisburg University is pleased to announce the Dauphin County Commissioners have partnered with the University to present eight-time Grammy Award-nominated Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie in concert in Harrisburg June 19.

“This is another example of our partnering with Harrisburg University to help revitalize Harrisburg,’’ said Dauphin County Commissioner Chairman Jeff Haste. “It marks the beginning of an effort to bring large acts downtown and give an economic boost to the city.”

The Dauphin County Commissioners are pictured with HU director of music and media services, Frank Schofield, third from left, and Daune Maun, chief financial officer of the University. To the left of Maun is George Connor, executive director of the county Department of Community & Economic Development.

The concert, part of the HU Concert Series, will take place along the south end of Riverfront Park, just across the street from UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with food trucks and beer vendors set up for attendees. The opening artist(s), yet to be announced, are set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

“This concert will generate a lot of excitement and bring a lot of people downtown and is key to putting Harrisburg back on the map,’’ said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Harrisburg University continues to think outside the box with everything that they’re doing to grow enrollment and it’s a wonderful time to be involved with the University.”

The concert is part of Death Cab for Cutie’s summer tour in support of the band’s acclaimed ninth studio LP, 2018’s THANK YOU FOR TODAY (available at all DSPs and streaming services HERE).

The band’s summer tour kicks off at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE June 7. Other stops include such legendary venues as Queens, NY’s Forest Hills Stadium (June 15th) and Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheater (June 25th) before culminating in an August 11th finale at Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl.  

Death Cab for Cutie’s stop in Harrisburg marks the long-awaited return of major concerts to Riverfront Park and City Island, made possible through tremendous support and accommodations from the county and the City of Harrisburg.

“Bringing entertainment to downtown Harrisburg has a major impact on the local economy, with visitors spending at local restaurants and other businesses,’’ said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “Our relationship with Harrisburg University and these events will make Harrisburg an even bigger destination for our region.”

The show, and the concert series, also helps give HU students hands-on experience, as they help organize and create the concerts, said Frank Schofield, Director of Music and Media Services at the University. Schofield thanked the county and the city for helping to make this concert possible.

“This is awesome! Thanks to the Dauphin County Commissioners to help make this happen, along with the city of Harrisburg,” Schofield said. “Harrisburg University continues to hold quality live music events that showcase the University’s many offerings and accomplishments. As we release details about this show, a return to City Island concerts is being coordinated for another major upcoming show! Harrisburg University is proud to host these events, while giving our students real-time experiences to learn from.”

Tickets to the Death Cab for Cutie Concert went on Sale March 2 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.

To help accommodate concert goers, the Market Square garage and parking on City Island will be available for $10 after 6 p.m. the night of the concert. For more information about the band, visit www.deathcabforcutie.com.

About Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.

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