UW-River Falls Finals Fest Concert to Feature American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips

April 26, 2013 – Phillip Phillips has just announced he's hitting the road with John Mayer, but not before making a stop at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The eighth annual Finals Fest Concert at UWRF will feature Phillips with guest artist Gin Wigmore on Friday, May 10, in the outdoor Melvin Wall Amphitheatre on campus. Food and fun begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

The same day that Phillips claimed his victory in American Idol's season 11 finale, the 21-year-old singer/guitarist released "Home," a debut single that showcases his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills--and marked the highest debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart with 278,000 downloads sold.  At the end of 2012, Phillips saw his debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," cross the half-million sold mark, making it the fastest-selling ever debut from an Idol winner.  

The most important thing to Phillips is "making music that comes from my heart and really connects with people on a gut level." 

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For more information about Wigmore, visit

For Finals Fest Concert information and directions, visit 

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Knowles Center. With further questions or accommodation requests, contact Karyn Wells, Office of Student Life, at 715-425-4444.

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