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USU impresario brings name acts to Logan

April 26th, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life

By Kellen Knowles

LOGAN—As the school year comes to a close, students find themselves busy preparing for final exams and projects.

But instead of finals, Spanish major Tom Atwood is busy promoting upcoming concerts with his company, Pakt House Productions.

Pakt House has brought several musical acts to Logan, such as Yellowcard, Kalai, Secondhand Serenade and We Shot the Moon last week.

Atwood engineered the idea of Pakt House while planning events for the LDS Institute on campus. As a music fan, it was his dream to see big-name musicians play in Logan.

“I’ve always thought Logan would be an ideal place to hold a concert,” said Atwood. “The number of college aged kids in the valley makes for a great concert atmosphere. The bands we’ve brought in love the energy at the shows.”

After nearly a year and a half of research and reaching out to agents, he landed his first concert and began learning the ropes of the music industry.

Pakt House was officially organized a few months later in 2008 and Atwood’s successful Eve 6 concert at USU. Atwood and Steve Garrett formed Pakt House Productions as equal partners in operation. Official concert promotion began shortly thereafter.

As if he wasn’t busy enough, Atwood was recently elected as ASUSU programming vice president for the next school year. He will be in charge of planning all USU festivities, including The Howl, the largest Halloween party in the state.

“I have a lot to bring to the table with my event-planning experience and work in the concert industry,” Atwood said. “It was on my mind the past four years and became a personal goal before graduation.”

While he couldn’t disclose the details of any upcoming activities, which are still in negotiation, Atwood hopes to use his resources and experience to give back to the students and make some great memories next school year.

Atwood and Pakt House will be busy with several summer shows, including musical act Analog Rebellion at Fire House Pizzeria on May 14; comedian Brian Regan on June 24 in Blackfoot, Idaho, and Secondhand Serenade in July at Thanksgiving Point.


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