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On-the-rise country act to headline Brick Street

By Claire Krieger
On October 16, 2012

Thompson Square, a country act whose popularity seems to be increasing by the minute, will play at Brick Street Bar & Grill Wednesday night. Thompson Square is made up of spouses Shawna and Keifer Thompson. The husband and wife duo has had a hugely successful past couple of years and hope to top off this year with some wins at the upcoming CMA awards shortly after their performance at Brick Street. Among other nominations at the show, Thompson Square is nominated for "Vocal Duo of the Year."

Other achievements the group has earned include over 20 nominations and wins at the GRAMMY awards, the Academy of Country Music awards, the CMT Music Awards, and the Teen Choice Awards. The duo also won three awards at the fan-voted American Country Awards, putting them in the company of artists like Carrie Underwood. Finally, their song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" was the most played song on country radio in 2011 and was the Country Song of the Year on iTunes in the same year.

Even though they have achieved all of these accomplishments, Thompson Square is not just concerned with winning awards and commercial success. They have begun philanthropic ventures with organizations including ChildFund International and Purina Dog Chow. A big dog fan, their own is named "Etta" after singer Etta James. Thompson Square encourages fans to support children through ChildFund International by offering free autographed albums to those fans that sign up to sponsor a child at one of their shows. Thompson Square's partnership with Purina aims to encourage fans to share stories about how their dogs have impacted their lives on Purina's online community. Each post will mean a $1 donation from Purina to support Patriot Rovers, Inc., a military dog service organization.

In the past, Thompson Square has opened up for acts like Lady Antebellum and Brick Street-veteran Jason Aldean, but at Wednesday night's show they will be the headliners. The opening act will be A Ray, who recently opened up for Eric Church.

Brick Street and Miami University students are very excited about Thompson Square's upcoming performance.

"When I heard Thompson Square was coming it was really exciting because its always amazes me what big names we can get here at Miami," senior and avid country music fan Taylor Major said. "It's cool to go to a school where you can get popular names who aren't nobodies. I hear their songs on the radio all the time so it's exciting to get to go see them live in Oxford."

"It's exciting for us because, while we've had many country stars including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Jake Owen, among others, it's the first time we've ever had a country duo and Thompson Square is really rising fast in the country music scene," Mark Weisman, the owner of Brick Street, said. "This show is a continuation of our strategy to try to bring the up-and-coming country stars of the future to Brick Street to give the students and those in the surrounding area the chance to see such quality talent in an intimate setting."

The owners put a lot of thought and research into the acts they bring to Brick Street. They use feedback from students and information from music agencies to identify acts they believe will rise to be major players in the country music industry. Their aim is to book acts that are hot a nd up-and-coming.

"It's a neat opportunity for students to be able to walk uptown and see such a big act in an intimate setting," Weisman said. "We've built a real country following at Brick Street and we're proud of that. We've brought in several acts that have gone on to do pretty amazing stuff in the country music scene. We've found that country shows at Brick Street are always a good time."

The other country acts billed to play Brick Street this semester are Thomas Rhett with opener Clayton Anderson. As for the rest of the year, Brick Street is unable to confirm any specific acts at this point but plan to release their second-semester lineup at the end of this semester.

"We're excited for Thompson Square," Weisman said. "It's something unique and it's great for the students to have an opportunity to see acts that typically go on to very big things where they can say 'Hey, we saw them when.'"

More information about the Thompson Square show and ticket information can be found at www.brickstreetbar.com.


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