Rice was chosen by the Carolina Union Activities Board, despite a CUAB survey showing he was the in his category. Boateng Kubi, CUAB’s vice president of outreach, said he thought the event lived up to their expectations.
“Jubilee was an incredible success,” Kubi said. “At the door we ended up selling 111 tickets, and so we actually met our goal of trying to sell 3,000 tickets.”
Of the possible 4,900 tickets, 3,030 tickets were sold. Kubi said he thought Rice was a great performer.
Rice, a UNC class of 2009 graduate, showed UNC pride with his song “Carolina Can.”
“If there’s one place in the world I’ve wanted to play this song, it’s Chapel Hill,” Rice told the audience.
Senior Haley Huckabee said Rice’s connection to UNC is part of the reason she was excited to come out.
“I love Chase Rice’s ‘Carolina Can,’ and I wanted to hear that in person,” she said. “And us seniors, it made us really sentimental and was just really awesome to hear that.”
UNC graduate Jennifer Trahey bought full-price tickets and backstage passes.