Adapted for the stage from the 2006 film of the same name, Once is a musical that follows the story of a street busker who falls in love with an unattainable woman. Often described as somewhat of an "anti-musical," the show features song performances without the standard Broadway elements of elaborate set designs, ornate costumes or general pageantry. Instead, the characters, who remain unnamed throughout the production, sing their songs in a raw manner as the woman helps the man realize his dreams of becoming an established musician and moving to New York. After premiering on Broadway 2011, Once quickly won the accolades of critics and patrons alike, locking down a total of eight Tony Awards in 2012.
Originally founded by Vincent Frederick, who fronted the project through various incarnations, The Singles emerged out of Los Angeles as a duo in 2012. With Frederick on guitar and lead vocals and Nicky Veltman on drums and backing vocals, the group owns a garage rock sound laced with elements of power pop, glam, blues and punk. Usually joined by a bassist during live shows, The Singles earned a dedicated following around the Southern California area among audiences who prefer a rawer, rock and roll style.
The Murray State Racers represents the athletic programs and
intercollegiate teams of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. A member of the NCAA's Division I, the university's teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision. Murray State's men's basketball program has amassed a celebrated history thanks to regular NCAA March Madness Tournament appearances and once being ranked by ESPN as one of the "Top 30 Basketball Programs in Modern History." Other university-sponsored men's and women's programs include football, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, volleyball and golf.