Smash Mouth debuts at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, September 27

Posted by Centre News in News, Norton Center 24 Sep 2014

smashmouth-banner-backVisitors for Centre College’s upcoming Family Weekend will enjoy a two-day schedule of activities showcasing a slice of Centre College student life. Among the weekend highlights is a Smash MouthNorton Center for the Arts performance by the multi-platinum band Smash Mouth, who will bring its unique blend of pop sensibility, as well as its fun-loving, California vibe, to the Newlin Hall stage on Saturday, Sept 27.

With this year marking its 20th Anniversary, the Grammy®-nominated group is celebrating with a new national tour. This concert, which coincides with Centre’s Family Weekend, will feature the band’s number one hits such as “Walkin’ on the Sun,” “All Star” and “I’m a Believer.” In addition, the band will showcase music from their most recent album Magic, which was released in 2012.

“The Newlin Hall audience will be up on its feet when the upbeat band Smash Mouth takes the stage,” said Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “This show will appeal to so many people: parents who grew up listening to them in the 90s, anyone who has watched the Shrek movies and today’s youth who love fun pop-rock with infectious grooves. Really, Smash Mouth will put a smile on everyone’s face and a beat in their spirit.”

Smash Mouth combines the talents of several talented musicians like Steve Harwell, the lead vocalist and pianist; Paul De Lisle, bassist and backing vocalist; Michael Klooster, keyboardist and the programming coordinator; Jason Sutter, drummer and percussionist; and Sean Hurwitz, guitarist and backing vocalist.

A quick listen to the band’s music will reveal its unique style of 1960s influenced garage band with a strong pop flare that has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

A look back to Smash Mouth’s formative years shows us a band determined to make an impact from the get go. Formed in late 1994, Smash Mouth immediately began recording demos and showcasing in both San Jose and Hollywood, Calif. In June 1997, Smash Mouth was signed to Interscope Records when they caught wind of an unknown (and unsigned) band being added to the highly-influential L.A. radio station KROQ’s playlist after only one spin of their song “Walkin’ on the Sun.” Smash Mouth’s major-label debut Fush Yu Mang went double platinum and set the stage for what most consider their masterpiece, the brilliant follow-up album Astro Lounge. No sophomore slump for these guys. Boasting three top-10 hits (“All Star,” “Then the Morning Comes,” and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby”), sales for Astro Lounge are nearly double those for their debut. Smash Mouth’s third eponymous Interscope release featured the ecstatic first single “Pacific Coast Party” and the smash hit “I’m a Believer,” which crossed over to the film world as the musical heart of the soundtrack for Shrek. In recent years, Smash Mouth has focused on touring and entertaining troops in Japan, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, Afganistan and Iraq.

The Smash Mouth performance, sponsored by Sodexo, will take place in Newlin Hall at Norton Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced at $37, $27 and $19, are available at NortonCenter.com or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the concert in support of “SMASH Hunger” with Sodexo.

by Mandy Prather, Norton Center for the Arts Director of Marketing