Claire Krieger, Senior Staff Writer

David Nail prepares the fans for Gavin DeGraw’s set. Nail was an opening act, along with the Gabe Dixon Band. (Lauren Olsen | Photo Editor )

Friday night Gavin DeGraw, joined by opening acts Gabe Dixon and David Nail, played his much anticipated sold-out show at Brick Street Bar and Grill. Fans eager to buy tickets, which sold out in two hours, waited in line as early as 5 a.m. the day they went on sale.

DeGraw was focused on more than just his musical career while in Oxford, Ohio, spending time practicing for his upcoming appearance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering Monday night. DeGraw gave a plug for the show, asking fans to vote for him during the concert Friday night.

The crowd, comprised mostly of women, was eager to get the show started to the point where people began chanting his name at any sign of the singer coming on stage.

DeGraw’s set included crowd favorites like “Chariot,” “In Love With A Girl,” “Follow Through,” and “I Don’t Want to Be.” He also briefly played a jazzy version of The Script’s “Breakeven,” and covered Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” which DeGraw introduced as a song that was about “making whoopee.”

“I have never been to a concert at Brick Street before but I’m glad I chose Gavin’s [concert] as my first. What an outstanding performance,” sophomore Kaitlyn Ireland said.

DeGraw’s set was followed by a two-song encore including his current hit “Not Over You.”

The show was well received across the board, leaving people excited for DeGraw’s next visit to Oxford.

“Getting such a big name artist like Gavin DeGraw was so exciting for Brick Street and Oxford,” sophomore Elizabeth Phillips said. “He is one of my favorite artists and he put on an amazing show. I hope he comes back again.”

Although the semester is coming to a close, Brick Street still has a full line up planned for the remaining school year.

Information on upcoming concerts can be found on Brick Street’s website as well as by stopping by Brick Street.

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