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Clarke to Host Breakout Country Stars ‘Thompson Square,’ April 27

The Clarke University Arts at Clarke Series, in partnership with the Clarke Student Association, will present a concert by breakout country band Thompson Square at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, on the Clarke campus. The concert will be the kick-off to the university’s May Daze festival weekend.

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Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, March 12, by calling (563)588-6307, online at or in person at the Clarke Whitlow Campus Store. Tickets are $20 for adult general admission and $10 for students with a valid high school or college ID. Tickets for Clarke students, faculty and staff are $5.

This chart-topping duo’s self-titled debut album introduced fans to their number one platinum radio smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” a fitting introduction to the Thompsons’ natural chemistry and spirit of buoyant romance. The iTunes’ Country Song of the Year for 2011, the single has grown meteorically to become the most played song at Country radio in 2011 according to Mediabase as well as reach the top of the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan chart and 12 consecutive weeks as the #1 Country Ringtone.

Things have happened very quickly since then. Thompson Square earned three fan-voted American Country Awards for Single of the Year by a Group, Single of the Year by a New Artist and Music Video of the Year by a New Artist. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” also earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/ Group Performance of the Year.

The duo has played to over a million fans in the past year – by both having been rapturously received as an opening act on superstar Jason Aldean’s tour and by packing high-energy shows of their own. They are currently performing as part of Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” Tour.

Thompson Square has also seen the “Kiss Me” video become a favorite, even spending 12 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown. They’ve earned a follow-up Top 10 hit with, “I Got You,” and traveled the national media circuit, performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Conan, Fox & Friends, FOX’s All American Concert Series, the 45th Annual CMA Awards, FOX’s 2nd Annual American Country Awards, NBC’s “The Better Show,” and more.

The duo finished the year as Billboard’s #1 New Country Artist in terms of its single (Hot 100) and album sales (Hot 200) charts. The duo was also named Mediabase’s New Country Artist of the Year, in terms of radio airplay.

Media requesting more information should contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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