Tonight's concert kicks off UI Homecoming


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As University of Iowa students and alumni celebrate Hawkeye Homecoming this weekend, they will be welcomed by the annual Homecoming concert.

SCOPE is hosting two musical acts, Eric Hutchinson and Survivor, who will perform an energetic and family-friendly show following the Homecoming Parade to entertain Hawk fans.

"We were looking for something that would be appealing to families, students, and alumni," said SCOPE marketing director Samantha Olis. "For Homecoming, it's a little different because there is a wider demographic."

While the acts performing vary in their sound and style, both Survivor members and Hutchinson share the excitement of performing for a university-city audience.

"It's kind of like a big party," said Survivor's guitarist, Frankie Sullivan. "Who knows what [students] have been doing a couple hours before the show, and who cares?"

Sullivan is one of the few original members left in Survivor, but he said he still loves to play the band's most well-known hits, such as "Eye of the Tiger" and "The Moment of Truth." He tries to keep the tunes fresh by playing them differently every time, even if he has played them for decades.

"I love those songs — all of them," he said. "So that kind of makes it easy on the hard days, and on the easy days, it just makes it better."

More than anything else, Sullivan highlighted the importance of having a good time and not being too uptight about the business behind show production. He wants the band members to show the audience they are having as much fun on stage as the audience is.

Hutchinson agrees about the energy of college crowds.

"Colleges always have really great energy," he said. "It gets me excited [to perform]."

This will be Survivor's and Hutchinson's first time sharing a stage, and while Hutchinson said the matchup was not planned far in advance, he looks forward joining the group for the show.

"I was surprised, it was just kind of out of the blue," he said. "But I love 'Eye of the Tiger.' "

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