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BYU-Idaho will be hosting the Big Rock Show and a dance on March 21 in the John W. Hart Auditorium at 8 p.m.

The show will feature BYU-I student bands playing cover songs in a rock concert setting, according to the school website.

There will be a laser light show and dance following the concert.

Mackenzie Jones, one of the co-managers of the Big Rock Show and a freshman studying communication, said the show usually lasts around two hours, not including the dance afterward.

Jones said the event was previously called Guitars Unplugged, Battle of the Bands and I-Cover, but this semester it was rebranded as the Big Rock Show.

Auditions were held on March 3 and 4 to find bands for the show, according to Jones, who said she was present and that the auditions went really well.

“We had a ton of really good talent this semester,” Jones said. “That’s always the hardest part. Like, you love all of these bands, but it’s like wait, who do I choose for the show? It’s so difficult to narrow it down.”

Jones said this semester they booked 16 bands instead of the usual 12 to 14 groups.

“There were a lot of really good groups,” Jones said. “When the majority of the groups walked out, I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t care if there’s not enough room, I’m going to fit them in.’ We couldn’t narrow it down. They’re all so good.”

Jones said students should come to the Big Rock Show and make sure to stay for the dance held afterwards — because the Big Rock show has a lot of variety in the types of groups that will be performing and the dance afterwards will be a lot of fun.

“I really think students should go because we live in Rexburg, and there are not big concerts anywhere,” Jones said. “This is honestly the best concert you’ll go to this semester. I love going to concerts, and this is definitely one of my favorites.”

Out of the 16 bands that will be performing, only two will be chosen to move on to the Best of Show event that features the top acts from over the course of the semester, which will be held on April 2, according to BYU-I’s website.

Luke Stuller, a junior studying health science, will be performing in the Big Rock show with his band, Stateside.

Stuller, the lead guitarist, said that Stateside has a classic rock and country sound.

“It’s going to be a really good show,” Stuller said. “There are a lot of good bands this semester.”

Stuller said students should come to the show because it will be a fun, relaxing rock concert, and many of the bands will be covering well-known songs.

“It’s a good concert to relax and have fun with all of your friends,” Stuller said. “It’s one of the best things to do in Rexburg.”

Tickets for the Big Rock Show are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, according to BYU-I’s website.

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