The 2018 Summer Concert Series line-up has been officially selected and will be presented by 7220 Entertainment. The series features a different band each Wednesday starting on June 6 and ending July 25. There will be no concert scheduled for July 4. Join us each Wednesday on Simpsons Plaza from 11:45am – 1:00pm for live music and a BBQ. Each Wednesday from 11:00am – 1:30pm, Residence Life & Dining Services will be providing burgers (including a veggie option), grilled chicken, salads, drinks, and sides for purchase. The Summer Concert Series is free and open to the public.
The series will be kicking off with a performance by J Shogren Shanghai’d Duo on Wednesday, June 6. Categorized as “catawampus American music,” Shogren shows up with a “lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a mandolin and a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time. Shogren has released numerous albums over the last decade, played all over the Rocky Mountain region & Europe, and International Blues Challenge in Memphis.” For more information, visit their website at www.jshogren.com.
The Woodpile will perform on Wednesday, June 13. “The Woodpile is an indie folk band formed in Laramie, Wyoming in early 2016 by Evan Gwin, Brendan Ruwart, Caleb Childress, and Nolan Leibee. The four met through the University of Wyoming's music department and began working together after lead vocalist Evan Gwin released his solo EP, ‘The Woodpile,’ in December 2015. Together, the band has composited a sound driven by folk-influenced storytelling, energetic electric guitar licks, and a tight rock 'n' roll rhythm section. The Woodpile debut EP ‘Hunting Hearts,’ is available everywhere.” For more information please visit their website thewoodpilemusic.bandcamp.com.
Wednesday, June 20 will feature a performance by The Lonesome Heroes. “Parts indie rock and country, Austin’s The Lonesome Heroes have been artfully applying from each sonic palette for over a decade. Led by front man Rich Russell’s never-ending call of the road, the group has toured extensively behind two acclaimed albums, crossing continents on both sides of the world but never straying too far from their ‘Cosmic Americana,’ roots. An ethereal reverence for the troubadour spirit is evident in standout tracks such as ‘Western Style Saloons,’ - a cosmic cowboy homage to small town dance halls featured on the final season of Netflix’s Bloodline - and the linking of asphalt and man in ‘Steel,’ - named KCRW’s Top Tune Download of the Day. Both appear on their 2015 album Can’t Stand Still.” For more information please visit their website thelonesomeheroes.com.
Wednesday, June 27 we will welcome back the band Whippoorwill. “Staci Foster, Tobias Bank (Papagoya, Von Stomper), and Alysia Kraft (Patti Fiasco) are on the same wavelength of intentionality. Catharsis is the point of the songs but the tools to get there vary. With Bank on drums, Foster swapping between guitar, harmonica, and banjo, and Kraft playing electric guitar, they’re in their element with raw, authentic, stripped-down performances that nod to icons Neil Young and Lucinda Williams. There is spirituality steeped in the country backdrops they write from and a deep reverence for the landscapes that raised them. A balance of grace and grit is written as much into their worldview as their songs.” Give them a listen at whippoorwillya.com.
After a break for July 4, 10¢ Stranger is set to perform on Wednesday, July 11. “The long winters of Laramie can give rise to some unlikely cerebral creations. Take acoustic psychedelic Bluegrass, for instance, with a thread throughout of alt-country and rhythm-and-blues. The folk-Americana group formed in late 2015 as an acoustic side project of musicians already in other bands. 10¢ Stranger features local musicians Jackson Clarendon, Shawn Hess, Bob Lefevre, Elianna Paninos, Laniece Schleicher, Jay Shogren, Mike Kr