Tonic, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ to ‘Rock the Hill’ at Homecoming

Tonic, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ to ‘Rock the Hill’ at Homecoming

Best-selling rock band Tonic, with special guest Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, will headline this year’s Homecoming concert Oct. 21 at Sweetland Amphitheatre.

Highlighting this year’s Homecoming theme of “Rock the Hill,” the show will be part of Panther Palooza VI activities, said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations.
“The Cochran Gallery on the Square downtown will be hosting an alumni art exhibit, ‘Bring It Back Home,’ from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,” she said. “Homecoming registration will be at the gallery, and those who sign in will receive a coupon for one slice of Mighty Joe’s pizza.”

The party will move two blocks north to Sweetland Amphitheatre, 110 Smith St., at 7 p.m., when gates will open for the concert.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will begin playing at 8 p.m., followed by Tonic at 9:15 p.m. Ticket prices are: general admission (orchestra standing), $25; reserved seating, $25; and general admission (lawn), $15. A special price of $10 will be available for the first 950 alumni who register for Homecoming at

“At that time, you will be given a special promo code to use when you order tickets,” Pirkle said. “That code will expire on Sept. 23, so we recommend you go ahead and get your tickets.”

A limited number of VIP seats are available for $45. They will be reserved seating in rows B-F and include access to the Sweetland VIP Suite, which features a full cash bar, complimentary appetizers and VIP restrooms.

There will be a six-ticket limit per order, and all tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at

David Beard, Director of Digital Media for Communications and Marketing, said bringing two well-known bands like Tonic and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ to LaGrange is a sign of the success of Panther Palooza.

“The homecoming concert has grown bigger and bigger the past few years,” he said. “We are elated now to present these two national touring acts, both of whom have seen the top of the charts. They will provide a great night of music for our students, alumni and community.”

Tonic has six top-10 singles, with more than 4 million records sold. The band has earned multiple Grammy nominations, produced platinum albums and has had hit songs around the world, including “If You Could Only See,” the No. 1 most-played rock song of 1998.

Guitarist Emerson Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – and added bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album “Lemon Parade,” Tonic released two additional studio albums (“Sugar” and the twice Grammy-nominated “Head On Straight”). With multiple soundtrack features, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”), the band released a CD/DVD of its greatest hits in 2009.

“Tonic,” the group’s self-titled fourth studio album, debuted on the Billboard 200 charts, while also appearing in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts and top 25 on the Billboard Independent Album Charts. The single, “Release Me” climbed the charts, reaching the top 30.
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, an Atlanta-based rock band, is known for its hits “Fly Me Courageous” and “Honeysuckle Blue.”

The group was formed in 1986 by Kevn Kinney and includes guitarist Warner Hodges, drummer Dave Johnson and bass player and vocalist Tim Nielsen. It enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s and early ’90s, but continued to record and perform, earning a reputation as one of the best touring rock bands in the country.

In 2012, a documentary about the band, “Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin N Cryin” was produced, and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
For more information about Rock the Hill, visit

September faculty/staff birthdays

1 Toni Anderson
3 Melinda Pomeroy-Black
John Tures
7 James Preston
9 Nickie Cauthen
10 Vernon James
12 Matt Evans
16 Pam Cox
Joseph Marciniak
Pamela Tremblay
17 Margaret Reneke
18 Jenna Jones
Kendall Todd
20 Kaylynn Cook
Katie Mosley
21 Sheila Scott
Jennifer Shaw
27 Ron Stafford
28 Greg McClanahan
Tim McInnis
Ann Sellman

The Panther football team practiced in full pads for the first time during a controlled scrimmage Aug. 19 at Callaway Stadium. Read more about it here.

First Week activities kick off Saturday with Spirit and Traditions from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Residential Quad. Following that will be the President vs. Provost Football Game at 8 p.m. in Callaway Stadium. For more information and a complete schedule, visit

The annual Instagram photo contest begins Saturday and will run through Wednesday. Each day will have a different theme – Spirit and Traditions Kickoff, Your View of Campus, Fun in the Sun (Beach Bash), Favorite Place to Hang Out and First Day of Classes. Prizes will be awarded daily, and a grand prize winner will be announced Thursday. For rules and more information, visit

Don’t forget Convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Callaway Auditorium. Seniors and first-year students must participate.  Excused absences require an academic petition, submitted to and approved by the Office of the Provost. Seniors are required to wear cap and gown, and first-year students should wear business casual attire.

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Austin Wieland, Professor of Art & Design, will be featured in the Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange exhibit Sept. 2–30 at LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway. The opening reception will be 7–9 p.m. Sept. 2. The show also gives local amateur and emerging artists who are members of VAAL the opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum setting.