Sam Houston’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity hosted the Phil Pritchett and the Full Band concert last night at Shenanigans. As a means to raise funds and popularity for the fraternity, tickets were $10 at the door.
“We took the chance to do the concert, and we took the opportunity to see if we can make a profit off of it. We hope to help our image and popularity on campus”
The opening band for the event was Brison Dursey, a Huntsville-based country group.
“One of the reasons we wanted them to open was to showcase Huntsville music, and they’re more country than Phil. I’ve seen them play a lot and they’re really good. We wanted to give them more exposure,” Drew Eubanks, Phi Delta Theta member, said.
The venue, Shenanigans, not only provided the space, but also helped promotions for the concert. They even provided the large sign, displayed on Eleventh Street in Huntsville.
Rather than sell items or hold car washes, Phi Delta Theta decided to organize the concert as a major fundraiser.
“We thought that the concert would be a change from what we normally do. We were given the chance to do a concert, so we decided it would be a good way to help our image on and off campus to provide the community and campus with a fun concert to attend and generate funds for ourselves,” Ross Skinner, Fundraising chair, said.
The concert and fundraiser are the first of a hopefully annual tradition.
Phi Delta Theta used to host larger fundraising fairs called “Phi Stock.” The fraternity hopes to work back up to fundraising events of that magnitude, with the concert as a first step.
“We used to do something like that- “Phi Stock.” They had a bunch of bands play all day long. Somehow over the years it got lost, and we want to try to bring it back,” Eubanks said.
Phil Pritchett is a country/rock musician from Texas.
He has been touring the South and producing albums with a rotating roster of musicians for over a decade. His latest album is ‘Blueprint Garage, Volume 1’ (2007), and a few of his other recent albums include ‘Hightide in the Heartland’ (2006), ‘Tougher Than the Rest’ (2002), and ‘Heritage Way’ (2000).