The homecoming spirit was thick on Austin Peay University this past month, with a weeklong lineup of events hosted throughout the campus. But there was one event that really rocked the students and had them on their feet.
The week kicked off with a pep rally bonfire on the front lawn of the Dunn Center and wrapped up with the Govs taking on the Mercer Bears and ending with a step show at the Foy Center.
As part of the 2016 Austin Peay University 2016 Homecoming Week, the university hosted a special concert featuring platinum recording artists, Frankie Ballard.
The concert was held at Foy Fitness and Rec Center Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Special guest, Jason Mizelle opened for Ballard and The Beavers 100.3, Nick and Monica introduced the artists.
Teenage girls crowded the stage, singing and dancing their hearts out as the young artist performed on stage. Much to the squealing delight of Ballard’s adoring fans, he hopped off stage mid-concert to take selfies with several of the attendees.
Ballard is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan, who had three consecutive number one singles off his 2014 release, “Sunshine and Whiskey,” including platinum-selling title track, “Young and Crazy” and “Helluva Life.” The album reached as high as fifth on the Billboard U.S. County Chart the year it was released.
Taking the stage before Ballard was Nashville based singer-songwriter, Jason Mizelle. An up and coming performer, Mizelle’s first single, “Motown” is available on Spotify.
The concert was just one of several events held that week in celebration of the 2016 homecoming, “Home Is Where The Govs Are.”