Lagoon Concert Series announces summer lineup

Ashley Potts

Coming back from spring break can be hard. The last part of the semester can feel like a constant countdown to summer.

Oliver Mueller close up at Lagoon Summer Concert Series
Oliver Mueller from Slow Caves at the third show of the 2017 Summer Lagoon Concert Series. Photo by Olive Ancell | Collegian

The Lagoon Concert Series at Colorado State University has given students one more thing to look forward to in the final stretch of the semester; they’ve announced their 2018 lineup.

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The Lagoon Concert Series has been a summer tradition in Fort Collins for over 22 years. The event boasts local music and food trucks and invites the community to sit in the grass and enjoy. The weekly concerts are held on Wednesdays on the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer and are free to attend.

This year’s lineup will kick off on June 13 with Pandas & People. The four-man folk band has been growing their popularity in Colorado since their 2013 debut. They have won multiple awards from Westword Magazine. Their music consists of “traditional folk bridged with modern rock, crafting an earnest and personal blend of sound, with gripping Mandolin melodies, moving lyrics and edgy rhythms sections.”

Fort Collins native Danielle Ate the Sandwich will take the stage on June 20. Her music is “pop-folk” songwriting, making use of her sweet vocals accompanied by her ukelele.

Denver’s Strange American’s will play on June 27. The Americana rock and roll band says their music is “a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest.”

Equally Challenged continues the series on July 11. The band’s members each contributed to the Northern Colorado music scene on their own before forming the band. They say their sound “ranges from a singer-songwriter style, through Americana three-part harmonies, and landing on a fat, back-beat of rock, funk and world rhythms.”

Jake Gill, a third-round finalist on The Voice, will stop in Fort Collins as part of his 2018 tour and play the Lagoon stage on July 18. His music strives to emanate the classic country sound he grew up on.

For more information on food trucks and parking,visit lagoonseries.com.

Colorado indie-rock band Edison will play on July 25. The band has played many major music festivals and features ex-Lumineers member and Grammy-nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes.

Groovy Denver group The Jakarta Band will be in town on Aug. 1. The nine-member band has tons of experience and knows how to get the crowd up and dancing.

The Wendy Woo Band will close things out on Aug. 8. A Colorado music scene favorite, the band is a “poly-ethnic, power pop, song-rock, six-piece band with sweet vocal harmonies and shuddering grooves.”

Collegian reporter Ashley Potts can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @11smashley.

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