Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard Brings Soulful Music To Illinois Wesleyan

October 28, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Student Senate will bring soul/pop singer Marc Broussard, with opening acts Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers as well as the Gibb Droll Band, to perform at the Hansen Student Center on Friday, Nov. 4.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. 

The event is free for IWU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID, and tickets can be picked up at the Sodexho Commons until the night of the show.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  The general public can purchase tickets on Ticketmaster’s Web site for $10 a ticket.

Twenty-two year old Broussard was born in Carencro, Louisiana where he grew up playing club gigs with his father Ted Broussard, a Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist.  From the age of 17, Broussard was playing solo acoustic guitar as well as performing in a number of different bands.  His unique voice has been described by critics as a “husky baritone” that “moves up and down the scales without any sign of effort,” bringing in influences such as Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, and Dave Matthews. 

He performed most of 2003 with such bands as The Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, Tori Amos, O.A.R., Maroon 5, and Gavin Degraw, and since then has been recording and promoting his first album Carencro, produced by Island Def Jam Music Group.  All the songs on the album were co-written by Broussard , with collaborations with other artists such as Radney Foster, Martin Sexton, Jay Joyce, and Angelo. Broussard’s father plays guitar on several of the album’s tracks as well.

Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers have been distinguished by critics as having “uncommon insight and understanding” and have a new self-titled album produced by Foundations/Universal.  The rock band has spent the last two years on the road, building their fan base and creating a national buzz.

The Gibb Droll Band incorporates influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, and has performed with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Danny Gattan, Warren Haynes, Albert Collins and Robert Cray.  The band has been featured on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, and the CBS Morning Show, as well as having appearences on TV stations A&E, MTV, VH1, and CMT.  Critics have depicted the band as producing a “timeless distillation of alternative country and heart-pounding rock and roll.” 

For additional information contact IWU’s Student Senate Entertainment Commissioner Kyle Brigham at (309) 556-1367.

Contact: Leslie Boelter, (309) 556-3181