For the fifth time, “The Must Stay Weekend” took place at OU’s campus on Tuesday, July 14th. Bringing a fresh summer wind, the concert was located at 900 Asp Avenue, on the East Oval Lawn, in Norman. Levi Hummon opened the concert at 8 p.m. followed by David Nail starting at 9 p.m.
The show, normally organized during a summer weekend to entertainment students, was held on a Tuesday this year. Steven Lee, assistant director of summer programs coordinator at Oklahoma University explained the event, a part of “The Must Stay Weekend”, was in collaboration with the Interfraternity council (IFC). IFC used the concert as a recruitment event for the incoming freshmen from Camp Crimson.
According to the OU website, Camp Crimson serves to provide a first experience for future students, before the beginning of the semester. The future freshmen will stay a few days on campus to create new relationships and to prepare for their future life at OU.
The IFC is constituted of 17 fraternity chapters. They participate in several activities during the year, such as Homecoming, Mom’s Day Festivities, or by helping the community. Fraternity members are encouraged to participate in student associations or a leadership position on campus, explained an IFC member during the event.
David Nail originated from Kennet, Missouri. His career took off in 2009 with the MCA Nashville with his album “I’m About to Come Alive”. His unique style won him a Grammy in 2011 for the song “Turning Home”.
Levi Hummon, a native from Nashville, comes from a musician family. This energetic compositor has written with the best, such as the 2014 ACM Songwriter of the Year Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne. His song “Make it love” featured for the movie “Two: The Story of Roman & Nero” was on the list of nominations for the Oscar’s “Best Original Song”.
With their deep and dynamic style, both have electrified the scene this night. The mix of drums and electrical guitars gave their songs a touch of rock, balanced by the sincerity of their ballads.
Nail and Hummon, were chosen by OU Summer Session because the country music could be appreciated by everyone and reflects the culture of Oklahoma, where the country music is extremely popular according to Mr. Lee.
“It was wonderful. We drove from Nashville. It was like a travel drive. We arrived here. Basically immediately set up and it was just; follow us and fun!” Hummon said. “I have had the pleasure of opening up for David multiple times this past year. He always puts on a great show, and his fans are always energetic and fun.”
Because the concert was free, the event was co-organized principally by Campus Activities Council, The Union Programming Board, OU Summer Session and IFC. Complementary participle organizer are OU Student Affairs, SafeRide, the Oklahoma Memorial Union, the OU Student Alumni Association, the OU Student Veterans Association, and sponsored by Coca-Cola.