A new line-up of performers is set for Finals Fest after the original performers cancelled. Bad Habits Brass of River Falls will start the live music at 7 p.m., followed by Farewell Milwaukee, a Minneapolis based group at 8:30 and Joey Ryan and the Inks, also from Minneapolis, at 9:30 on May 10 in the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center.
After two cancellations for Finals Fest, the office of Student Life had to adjust the Finals Fest schedule.
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips has cancelled his concert at UW-River Falls due to ill health, according to a press release issued by University Communications on May 6.
Student Life had been planning for Phillips for about a year. However, Director of Student Life Paul Shepherd said there are still plenty of reasons to attend Finals Fest.
“We are still going to put on a fun and exciting event. There will still be food, games and fun and people can still come to have a good time,” Shepherd said.
The events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the University Center and include lawn games, free henna, a photo booth and a grill cart.
Student Life is working with Phillips’ tour management to reschedule the concert, if possible. Phillips was scheduled to play at the Wall Amphitheatre on campus. Phillips cancelled his entire Wisconsin college tour that included stops in Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Green Bay before ending at UWRF.
According to the Creative Artists Agency, “Due to several medical reasons, Phillip Phillips will not be able to conclude his remaining tour dates in May. He looks forward to getting healthy, seeing everyone on the John Mayer tour this summer, and rescheduling the shows he missed for the fall.”
After Phillips’ announcement of cancellation, Student Life originally planned to have Gin Wigmore perform since she was going to open for Phillips. Wigmore is a folk rock singer from New Zealand. But, due to unforeseen circumstances, Wigmore will no longer be performing Friday at UWRF.
The money allocated for Finals Fest through student segregated fees has not been spent according to Shepherd and therefore the money could be used for a future performance. While Phillips was the one drawing the headlines, Shepherd said that there are still plans to bring Phillips to campus. He estimated that Phillips could come some time around November of this year.