Howie Day collides with NIU

By Sara Adams

About 700 people gathered in the Duke Ellington Ballroom Friday night to listen to Howie Day, Nickel Creek and David Berkeley.

The show started with a 30-minute set from David Berkeley.

“The opener David Berkeley isn’t really well-known, but I think he’s going to be a big up-and-comer,” said Bridget Brennan, Campus Activities Board concerts coordinator.

Next to hit the stage was contemporary folk band Nickel Creek.

“I’ve been to quite a few Nickel Creek shows,” said Tricia DeKok, a Chicago resident. “I wouldn’t say this is the best one, but I like what they did with new material and incorporating new things with the old material. The energy was really good tonight.”

Even people who had never heard Nickel Creek before Friday’s show enjoyed the set.

“The crowd really responded well to Nickel Creek especially,” Brennan said. “A lot of people weren’t familiar with their music, and they came out instant fans.”

Howie Day then entertained his crowd of enthusiastic fans with favorites including “Perfect Time of Day” and “Collide.” He also played lesser known songs from his first album, “Australia,” including “Sorry So Sorry” and “Ghost.” Other songs in Day’s set included “Brace Yourself” and “Morning After” from his latest album, “Stop All The World Now.”

Erica Day, a senior marketing major and fan of Howie Day, said the concert was really good. “This is the second time I’ve come to a CAB concert,” Day said. “I really like how you can see them up close.”

A highlight of the show was when the Bangor, Maine, native invited the crowd to sing along to the song “She Says.”

“Howie Day is definitely a touring artist, and he lives up to his potential,” Brennan said. “A lot of people said he didn’t let them down.”

CAB is also teaming up with the Convocation Center to bring Incubus to campus Nov. 12. Contrary to the rumor traveling around campus, quite a few tickets are still available, Brennan said.