CORVALLIS, Ore. — Saturday night, Mike Posner is taking the stage in Corvallis as part of an annual concert series at Oregon State University. But there will be some big changes to this year’s Dam Jam, after some community complaints of the crowds getting out of hand.
The annual concert series, which features a Battle of the Bands event on Friday night and another concert on Saturday night, used to be called the Flat Tail Festival.
“I love Mike Posner,” said OSU student Ali Alnaser. “I’m really excited.”
“I’m really excited,” said OSU student Hailey Emett. “I love concerts. I love the atmosphere – it’s going to be really fun.”
But two years ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed, and the crowd was larger than ever.
“Things got a little loud and a little crazy once the concert was over and people went out into the community,” said Audrey Wiltz, the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC), the group that organizes the concerts. “Two years ago it was kind of a free-for-all in the heart of campus. It wasn’t ticketed, it wasn’t fenced, and people could come and go as they pleased.”
Community members voiced their concerns to the group, saying the crowds were getting too wild.
“When it’s just open, people kind of do whatever they want, and things get out of control really fast,” Alnaser said. “And that takes away from the concert.”
But this year, there are some changes. Fences will close off the quad, there will be bag checks, more security, and nobody will be allowed re-entry.
“So no outside food or drink; no alcohol,” Wiltz said. “Which really ups the safety of the event and makes people feel more comfortable.”
Students in general say they are happy about the changes.
“It prevents black-out drunkenness,” Alnaser said. “Which is good.”
“For the Corvallis community: we hear you, and we’re making the changes necessary to make this event better,” Wiltz said. “MUPC is working really hard at that.”
Battle of the Bands goes from 4-11 pm on Friday, which is a free event for everyone. On Saturday, gates open at 7 pm. Opening bands will perform at 8, and Mike Posner is expected to take the stage around 9:40. Saturday’s show is free for students, but costs $10 for everyone else. Students and non-students are required to get a ticket, which they can get in the MU quad on Saturday starting at 2 pm.