Jonas brother, DNCE brings high energy tunes to McGuirk


DNCE performed on April 21 at McGuirk Arena.

McGuirk Arena was filled with enthusiastic cheers Friday night as nearly 2,000 people gathered for the Program Board’s spotlight concert of the year: DNCE.

Joe Jonas and the rest of the band raced on stage wearing Star Wars themed-apparel, with beaming laser lights illuminating the arena to the sound of roaring instruments.

St. Louis senior Kalee Teeter said she was more excited to see DNCE than any other concert at Central Michigan University because she wanted to see Jonas, the lead singer of the band.

“I’m excited for the whole atmosphere of it,” Teeter said before the show. “It looks like they put on a really good show. I thought it was impressive (that CMU booked DNCE) because when I did the survey of who you want to see, I put them down and (thought) ‘there’s no way we’re getting them.’”

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Clinton Township senior Bailey Green,left, and senior Victoria Kosnik,right, smile while DNCE performs on April 21 in McGuirk Arena. 

Chord Overstreet, who is known for playing Sam on the hit show “Glee,” opened the concert. He serenaded the audience with songs about romance.

Overstreet told the audience that one song, “California Girl,” was about the experience of an actor dating another actor.

The concert attracted attendees of all ages, including Emma Eling and Maddie Pincumbe, both 12-years-old Big Rapids natives. It was their first live concert.

DNCE performed their popular tunes such as “Cake by the Ocean,” “Toothbrush” and “Good Day.” They also sang renditions of other well-known songs such as “Fade” by Kanye West and “Wanna Be” by the Spice Girls.

Confetti was blasted onto the crowd throughout the night, which kept cheers and energy high in the audience. The performers threw t-shirts, guitar picks and sunglasses out to the attendees, as potential souvenirs to take home.

At the end of the show, Jonas ran across the stage waving a CMU flag, and the crowd once again roared with enthusiasm.

Katelyn Metiva, who calls herself a Jonas "fangirl," said she's been going to DNCE shows since before they became well-known.

“They are super cool and I like their style,” Metiva said. “It’s not super poppy, but it’s not super rocky. Joe found such an eclectic group of people that he makes it work."


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