Colorado music, football and community come together for Stadium Sessions

Sarah Ehrlich

Gameday at CSU will continue to celebrate music and community with free pre-game concerts open to the public with the second season of Stadium Sessions.

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Flobots violist Mackenzie Gault and Emcee Brer Rabbit face each other while playing at the Colorado State University west lawn as part of the Stadium Sessions concert series on Aug. 27, 2017 (Seth Bodine | Collegian).

Every Friday night from 4:30 to 6:30 pm before a Saturday home game, the New Belgium Porch in the Canvas Stadium will serve as the stage for a free concert featuring a Colorado band. Mama Lenny & the Remedy and Porlolo led an informal kickoff to the pre-kickoff celebration on Aug. 4 at the Community Open House at the stadium. 


Two different acts will perform before each home game as part of the new Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate north of the stadium. The tailgates will be open to the public four hours before kickoff with musical performances by featured artists and the CSU Marching Band, televised games, and food, beer and wine available for purchase.

Vice president for CSU external relations Tom Milligan said he hopes Stadium Sessions will bring the feel of a music festival leading into a football game.

“Live music sets the tone for a celebratory or festival feel,” Milligan said. “We think it’s a great way for the community to come together and we are really impressed with the lineup. There’s not one weak band.”

The first football friday performance will feature Lois and the Lantern on Aug. 24, followed by Emma Marie and Guerrilla Fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 25, before the Rams play Hawaii. Colorado musical favorites like Slow Caves, The Patti Fiasco, Danielle Ate the Sandwich and others are expected to be in the lineup. A Spotify playlist of the full lineup is available courtesy of the CSU Public Relations office. 

Milligan also mentions teenage bands will open for the acts through the Bohemian Foundation’s “Little Kids Rock” program. CSU has also received support from the Bohemian Foundation’s live music booking team in coordinating the event and acts.

A complete schedule of bands and start times are posted at

Collegian Arts and Culture Director Sarah Ehrlich can be reached at and on Twitter @sarahehrlich96.