posted November 7, 2005

Concert Series to Feature Brian Vander Ark

The Hope College Concert Series will feature solo artist Brian Vander Ark on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and at the door, and $3 for Hope students who purchase them in advance. Advance sales are taking place at the Student Union Desk on the main floor of the DeWitt Center.

The doors for the concert will open at 9:30 p.m. In addition, Vander Ark's wife, Lux Land, will perform an opening set before he goes on.

Vander Ark is the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe, whose platinum debut, "Villains," on RCA Records, includes Vander Ark's "The Freshmen," one of the most successful multi-format tracks of 1997 and winner of an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Award. In 1999, the band released its follow-up album "The Verve Pipe" to critical acclaim, with the group's first single achieving Top 15 at Modern Rock radio. The band's most recent album, "Underneath," produced by Adam Schlesinger, was released on Sept. 25, 2001; its first single, "Never Let You Down," was one of the Top 50 Most Played Songs for both Adult Top 40 and Modern A/C radio in 2001.

In addition to their success on radio, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in "Spin" and "Rolling Stone," and videos on MTV and VH1, Vander Ark and the band have made numerous television appearances, including "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with David Letterman," "120 Minutes" and VH1's "Hard Rock Live."

Vander Ark has also written songs recorded by The Verve Pipe for the films/soundtracks "Great Expectations" and "Clay Pigeons," and co-wrote the song "Blow You Away" with Andy Partridge (XTC), which appeared on "The Avengers" soundtrack. As a solo artist, he wrote and performed the song "When I'm Gone" for the film "Life or Something Like It." In addition to contributing songs, he has written the score for the independent film "Dead and Breakfast," and has just begun scoring the film "Unearthed."

He made the leap from musician to actor playing a country singer in the independent film "Road Kill," which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and took home the Audience Choice Award. He has also appeared in the independent films "Mergers and Acquisitions," and "Dead and Breakfast."

In his first major film, "Rock Star," a Warner Bros. release starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, Vander Ark portrayed the bass player in a band fronted by Wahlberg, and wrote and sang the final song, "Colorful."

He has also appeared on stage, to critical acclaim, as Charlie Bowdry in "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid" at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse. The play, written by Michael Ondaatje ("The English Patient"), was directed by Des McAnuff (Quills). He was subsequently featured in Academy Award nominee Steven Cantor's "Crossover," a documentary about musicians who act. Recently, Vander Ark signed on to star in the Kevin Carrico-directed independent film "Dominick Blue," for which he will also contribute two new songs and write the score.

Vander Ark recently released his debut solo CD, "Resurrection," last year, and is currently writing for a follow-up solo album, to be released in early 2006.

The Student Union Desk is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street, and the Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St.