Maddie Poppe performing at UNI


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Singer-songwriter and “American Idol” season 16 winner Maddie Poppe will be performing two shows at GBPAC in December.

ANTHONY WITHEROW, Campus Life Editor

Tickets are still available to see Iowa’s own Maddie Poppe showcase her musical talents at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Originally a single appearance scheduled for Dec. 11, a second show was added for Wednesday, Dec. 9 after high demand resulted in a sold out show.

“Some shows have sold out already and I’m so grateful for your continued support,” Poppe stated on Facebook. “I’m very excited to see you all this Christmas.”

Tickets can be purchased through GBPAC’s website as well as UNITix. Due to COVID-19, the box office located in GBPAC’s main lobby is currently closed. The box office staff is available via phone or email.

The shows are part of a statewide tour titled, “Maddie Poppe’s Acoustic Christmas.” The tour is meant to promote her upcoming EP “Christmas From Home” scheduled to release on Nov. 20.

The performance will be physically-distanced with reduced capacity. Tickets will be sold in pods of two, three, four and five on all three floors of the auditorium. Buyers will be required to buy all seats in the pod.

UNI students have the option to use their student tickets to reserve a pod of two. A limited number of student pods are being held. Once they are sold out, no additional student pods will be added.

Face coverings will be required at all times in the venue. Attendees must remain six feet away from anyone not in their pod. Do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms. Full refunds will be available upon request.

Maddie Poppe is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Clarksville, IA. She is best known for winning season 16 of “American Idol” in 2018. Since her victory, Poppe has appeared on television programs such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” and the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards. She has also performed at the heralded Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Special Olympics and CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.

Poppe released her debut album, “Songs from the Basement” in 2016, which she wrote, produced and recorded alongside her father, Trent. After years of performing locally in Iowa, she auditioned for “American Idol.” Poppe was crowned the winner, giving the crowd an emotional performance of her song, “Going Going Gone.”

Poppe released her sophomore album “Whirlwind” in 2019. The album reached #2 on the iTunes Pop charts. Her single “Made You Miss” reached #19 on the Hot AC Radio charts.