Country music captures campus

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Country music captures campus

Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week. 
Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale.
Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week. Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services University of Louisiana at Monroe

Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Service

Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week. Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services University of Louisiana at Monroe

Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Service

Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Service

Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week. Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services University of Louisiana at Monroe

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Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week.  Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services University of Louisiana at Monroe

Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, and Chase Bryant perform at ULM’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum during 2015 Spring Fever Week.
Sorry, due to contractual agreements with the artists, these photos are not for sale.
Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Lee Brice might not “dance,” but the award-winning performer knows how to entertain the Monroe crowd.

Enamored students filled Fant-Ewing Coliseum Friday night for the annual Spring Fever concert featuring Brice along with The Cadillac Three and Chase Bryant.

After the opening acts fueled the crowd for half an hour each, Brice hit the stage as part of his Campus Consciousness Tour.

Brice said he enjoys the stage and the “magic” of performing live versus in the studio.

“There’s a lot of flaws, but there’s just more passion,” Brice said.

ULM’s Campus Activities Board chooses artists from various genres each year with 2015 focusing on country music.

The star proves a significant choice for the annual concert. His popular album, “I Don’t Dance,” features hit single “I Drive Your Truck” that won him an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year in 2014.

Though Brice didn’t write it, he finds that he connects to it in his own way, remembering his grandfather.

“I had my own connection with it. I think everyone else will too,” Brice said.

Brice’s success continued as he won an ACM award for “I Don’t Dance” this year. He wrote the song for his own 2013 wedding. It then appeared in weddings across the country.

He said the couple decided to let the rest of the world hear it as it turned out special coming from a “real place.”

“People gravitate towards it,” Brice said.

Like Brice, a young Chase Bryant experienced early success in country music. The 22-year-old left his Texas home for Nashville, where he was quickly signed.

The Cadillac Three also energized the crowd as the Nashville group served as the night’s second opening act.

Some students spent time on both sides of the stage Friday night.

Nirali Patel, a sophomore secondary education major and CAB member, helped with efforts before and after the concert that she said took months’ preparation.

Her spot-runner duties ranged from unloading trailers, placing equipment on or near the stage and helping with the lighting.

Though a full day’s organized effort between CAB, SGA, Greeks and other volunteers, Patel said she had fun and had times to joke around.

“The best part is if you’re working with a good group of people, you can make fun of anything,” Patel said.

Her favorite memory of the night was meeting Brice. Patel said he was really nice and even complimented her “unusual” name. It completed a fun night for her and others.

“I think everyone really enjoyed themselves,” Patel said.

Students said they enjoy the varied genres every year.

Charlotte Meyer, a junior biology major, said this gives all students the chance to enjoy it. Meyer said she and her friends luckily ended up right in front of the stage this year.

Meyer liked Bryant and The Cadillac Three though not as familiar with them. She said Brice was her favorite.

“I felt like he put on a really good performance by interacting with the crowd, and he seemed to really be enjoyed himself,” Meyer said.

She also said she also loved how much emotion Brice put into his performance.

Brice said he plans on hitting the road when he’s not in the studio working on his next record or finishing other records he’s producing for others including his brother.

Fans (from before and after the concert) can catch Brice performing on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.