By Kennedy Pope and Abby Vance
The Nashville electro-indie musical duo known as “Cherub” will travel to Oxford to perform at the Lyric. They will be opened by Denver producer and DJ, Maddy O’Neal. During their 2018 “Free Form” tour, they plan to bring their unique styles together to the Lyric this Thursday night.
Cherub, consisted of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, was formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kelley was playing for local bands, and Huber was writing what would later become their first album, “Man of the Hour.”
In 2013, Kelley and Huber released the hit song “Doses and Mimosas,” which attracted the public and later landed them a record deal with Columbia Records. The duo now has 130 million Spotify streams and a gold record. Since then, Kelley and Huber have played all around the world with four U.S. tours, including the famous Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo festival.
Senior marketing major Nicole Sardi works as the Lyric’s marketing intern and has high hopes for the show.
“Cherub always puts on a stellar performance and they love coming back to Oxford,” Sardi said. “I know many students really like their vibe and this is gonna be a hot show to attend.”
Elijah Gaddy, Film and Digital Media major, has been a fan of Cherub for many years and is eager for their arrival to Oxford.
“I have been a fan of Cherub since high school so I am super excited to finally see them live for the first time,” Gaddy said. Many of their songs are nostalgic to me because they hold a lot of good memories of good times growing up, I can not wait to make a few more on Thursday.”
Earlier this year Cherub released four new singles “Want That” directed by the lead singer Jason Huber, “All In,” “Dancing Shoes” and “Body Language.” Their new collection adopts multiple genres while still keeping the vibe their fans love.
Maddy O’Neal, who is also on tour with Cherub, started making music in 2010 and started her solo project two years ago. O’Neal comes from a rock n’ roll family and has a passion for old-school hip-hop. She is using her family background in music to help develop her diverse electronic genre. Her hit single, “Wanna Know,” has 49 thousand views on SoundCloud.
O’Neal has never played in Mississippi but has had musician friends play here and is eager to play in this “new territory.”
“I expect nothing less than the rest of the tour, which has been amazing,” O’Neal said. “The vibes are high.”
The show will start at 9 p.m. on Thursday night at The Lyric Oxford. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$25 and can be purchased online at thelyricoxford.com.