USC Upstate News

Rocktoberfest at USC Upstate

10- 13- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - University of South Carolina Upstate students will be treated to carnival rides, rock climbing, carnival food, bull riding, and live music by Eric Hutchinson when the University hosts Rocktoberfest on Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. on the Campus Life Center Green Space between the Campus Life Center and the Health Education Complex. Hutchinson, whose music has been described as a blend between rock, folk, and pop will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.

Eric HutchinsonSponsored by the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student life, Rocktoberfest is an annual fun, fall event for USC Upstate students.  Upstate students need to bring their student ID’s to get concession food tickets and to go through the dinner line. Students will also be able to enter a drawing for a variety of giveaways.

Singer Eric Hutchinson is currently on a 50-state tour promoting his album Sounds Like This, which was released in August 2007 on his own record label, Let’s Break Records, with band members Jimmy Coleman on drums and Tom Craskey on bass. After celebrity blogger Perez Hilton recommended the album on his blog, Sounds Like This quickly peaked at #5 on the iTunes’ Top 10 alongside releases from Kanye West and Dave Matthews, becoming the highest-charting album by an unsigned act in iTunes history.

Hutchinson has been favorably compared to his early idols Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, and the album encompasses a sheer breadth of musical styles. From the buoyant album opener, “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” to the thoughtful “Back to Where I Was,” depicting two friends at crossroads in their respective lives, to the soulful “You’ve Got You,” the self-described student of pop music fuses divergent styles into a sound he alone owns. Hutchinson’s vocals veer from a gritty growl to a shimmering falsetto on “Outside Villanova,” which gives way to the jazzy “Food Chain,” wherein the narrator comes to terms with a relationship marred by lies and broken expectations. Fan favorite “Rock & Roll” follows a pair of players rolling their way through the bar scene and ultimately into bed with one another, while its lilting ska-inflected groove erupts into one of Hutchinson’s rapid-fire bouts of wordplay.

For more information on Rocktoberfest, contact Dr. Khrystal Smith, Director of Student Life, at (864) 503-5122, or by email at