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September 15th, 2008
Secondhand Serenade headlines Welcome Back Concert Series

On September 20, San Marcos group Secondhand Serenade will headline a benefit concert hosted by the Student Foundation Alumni Board. Secondhand Serenade is a Billboard Top 100 artist and will be appearing on behalf of the Alumni Board in honor of their 30th anniversary. The proceeds will go to Texas State Scholarships.”A concert event in the area is long overdue,” commented Student Foundation Alumni Advisor Melinda Keller. “Campuses all across the country have tremendous success with bringing in national artists. This is a win-win for our organization. The students get a great concert experience and we fund scholarships at the same time. We are very excited to offer this opportunity.”

The event is called the Welcome Back Concert Series, and this will be the first annual.

“If the concert is able to generate enough buzz and pull in notable ticket sales,” wrote Amanda Sandoval, “the series will become a bi-annual event and will be open to all genres of music.”

“The Welcome Back Concert Series has given me the opportunity to show my love and appreciation for Texas State as a student now,” said Sandoval, “rather than waiting ten to twenty years down the road. There is no better way to bring together thousands of Texas State students, affiliates, alumni, and faculty members than through an exciting, entertaining, and explosive concert like the Welcome Back Concert Series is going to bring!”

Opening for Secondhand Serenade are some well known and talented local acts like Cory Lamb, I Hate Kate, Thriving Ivory, Siren, and Arspoetica.

This event will be taking place at a relatively new and very cool outdoor venue, The Cotton Gin, just 10 minutes outside San Marcos. Visit the to check it out. From the University there will be free bus transportation for anyone attending. The doors are set to open at 5PM.

Tickets can be purchased from and Sundance Records here in San Marcos, and they’re going for $20 presale and $25 at the gate, so it’s recommended you get them early. For more information on the concert series you can go to


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