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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Echosmith, known for the hits “Cool Kids” and “Bright,” will headline the Student Activities Council spring concert March 5 at Northwest.

Echosmith, known for the hits “Cool Kids” and “Bright,” will headline the Student Activities Council spring concert March 5 at Northwest. (Submitted photos)

Jan. 25, 2016

Echosmith, The Well Reds to perform SAC spring concert

The Well Reds will support Echosmith as the opening act for the spring concert at Northwest.
The Well Reds will support Echosmith as the opening act for the spring concert at Northwest.

Echosmith – the sibling quartet behind the smash hits “Cool Kids” and “Bright” – will headline the 2016 spring concert sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Activities Council. 

The Well Reds will perform as the opening act for the concert, which is slated for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Student tickets are $10 and available at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 28. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public for $25, starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 4, at the Student Services Center, by calling 660.562.1212 or online by clicking here. Tickets sold on the day of the show will be $15 for students and $30 for the public.

In a SAC survey last fall, students named Echosmith as one of the top artists they wanted to see perform at Northwest.

“Being an up-and-coming band, we thought Echosmith would bring an energetic atmosphere to Northwest,” Ali Stott, SAC’s concert director, said. “The Well Reds also have performed with many well-known artists, such as Andy Grammer and Hot Chelle Rae, and I am excited to see what they have in store for the show.”

The Sierota siblings — Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Jamie (vocals/guitar), Noah (vocals/bass) and Graham (drums) — comprise Echosmith, which Jimmy Fallon dubbed “one of the biggest breakout acts of 2015.”

The Southern California-born quartet grew up in a musical household, and shared a love for playing instruments and listening to bands as varied as Coldplay, The Smiths, U2, Joy Division and Fleetwood Mac. Those influences yielded the melody-minded, New Wave sound of their debut album, “Talking Dreams.”

In 2014, Echosmith was named an MTV “Artist to Watch” and a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist. The band has been featured by the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, TeenVogue and ELLE, which dubbed “Cool Kids” as “an ageless anthem.”

They have performed all over national TV, from “Ellen” and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Winning over new converts with their sparkling songs and dynamic live shows, Echosmith also has toured with Owl City, Young The Giant and American Authors, in addition to two Warped Tour runs and a special appearance with Taylor Swift on her “1989” tour stop in Philadelphia to perform “Cool Kids.” 

The Well Reds have notched their place in the Atlanta rock scene with an alternative take on pop-rock that mixes clean live guitar tones and piano with indelible vocal melodies and acute lyric sensibility.

The Well Reds have enjoyed national exposure as winners of the New Music Seminar Live at Roxy Competition and as finalists in season one of “The Ourstage Panel.” Their latest album, “Volume,” was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Joseph Prielozny.

The quartet also has performed throughout the country, sharing bills with bands like Hot Chelle Rae, Daughtry and Andy Grammer. With a versatile set built on powerful originals, current covers and feel-good hits that just about everyone will know, the band prides itself on its ability to connect with a wide variety of audiences and is road tested with more than 100 college shows under their belt.

The Student Activities Council is comprised of Northwest students charged with planning and administering activities for students, who pay an activities fee as part of their tuition costs. In addition to lectures and late night activities, SAC annually plans fall and spring concerts that feature acclaimed performers selected from a rotation of genres to appeal to students’ varied tastes.

For more information about the concert at Northwest, contact the Student Activities Council at or call 660.562.1226.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468