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Volume 68, Issue 69, Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Jingle Jam brings pop acts to stage

By Lindsey Bowers
The Daily Cougar

Houston radio station 104.1 KRBE will bring its annual holiday concert back to the Compaq Center on Thursday night. The fourth annual Jingle Jam will include pop performances from several of todays Top 40 artists.

Probably the biggest act of the night will come courtesy of Destinyis Child. The Houston-bred trio returns home for the groupis first concert after its short-lived hiatus. Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will not only perform hits off their Survivor album, each will perform her solo work as well. Solange, the 18-year-old sister of Beyonce Knowles, and Play will appear on stage with Destinyis Child too. If Solangeis talents are anything like those of Aaron Carter, younger brother of Nick Carter, she is one artist to watch.

Along with DJ Sammy, Dutch singer Do will perform the hit song, "Heaven," at Jingle Jam on Thursday at the Compaq Center.
Photo courtesy of Wolfson Public Relations

Speaking of Nick, this usual Backstreet Boy frontman will grace the stage alone this time to promote his solo album, Now or Never. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed cutie is a sure please.

DJ Sammy and singer Do will perform the hit "Heaven," as well. Ever since Sammy, a native of Majorca, Spain, hooked up with Dutch-born Do, the two hit the perfect combination of dance and pop to make it on the charts. The debut album is carried by thier version of Bryan Adamsi 1985 hit, "Heaven."

While fans in Europe have welcomed pretty much anything they churn out, Sammy and Do might throw a new song at the crowd Thursday to make a name for themselves in America.

Popular boy group and Making the Band output O-Town will also make its way to the stage. The group will sing tracks from its self-titled debut album, and from its sophomore effort, O2.

"Whenever I hear their new song ‘These Are the Daysi on the radio, I get goose bumps all over. Iive liked them ever since that Making the Band television show, but I like them even more now after that song," a sophomore sociology major Jackie Kyle said.

This is also the place for American Idol fans. American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini will perform live, as will Houston Idol contest winner Batrina Hicks-Davis.

Even if youill never admit to being a fan of pop music, The show should be a good time anyway. If you have a teenybopper little sister (or, youire like me, you just love Ashley from O-Town), tickets to the event would make her Christmas memorable.

Tickets range from $17.50 to $37.50 and can be purchased at the Compaq Center box office or at Ticketmaster outlets. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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