Arena wrangles in shows

By Kelly Johnson

This weekend promises to be busy for the Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway.

Brooks & Dunn are bringing their legendary country sound back to DeKalb at 7 p.m. Saturday in a series of shows promoting the duo’s “Greatest Hits Collection Vol. 2” released last October. The group previously entertained a sold-out crowd at the Convo in February 2004.

“We are predicting that this [show] should be close to selling out as well,” sad Kevin Selover, marketing manager at the Convocation Center.

Brooks & Dunn are finishing up their current stint of shows as a warm-up before their massive 32-date “Deuces Wild” tour begins in August. Gary Allen and newly added Bobby Pinson will open up the show.

Christian rock band MercyMe will take its recent success to the Convo stage at 7 p.m. Sunday. The group has recently received mainstream success after its song, “I Can Only Imagine,” has been given heavy airplay on pop, adult contemporary and country radio stations nationwide.

This has been the third Christian show the Convo has hosted, Selover said.

“All of our Christian shows have done well, and the tickets [for this show] are starting to sell pretty fast,” Selover said.

MercyMe is touring to support its latest release “Undone” which came out in April 2004. Jeremy Camp and The Afters will open the show.

Tickets for Brooks & Dunn range from $32.25 to $52.25. MercyMe tickets range in price from $19 to $76.50, which includes NIU student and group prices.