The Lagoon Summer Concert Series is a community tradition enjoyed by northern Colorado music lovers of all ages. The free concert series, produced by Mantooth Marketing Company, is excited to kick off the 2018 season on the west lawn of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m., with the popular Fort Collins band Pandas & People.
The eight-week series will feature a variety of music styles every Wednesday, including country, indie-folk, rock, funk and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an enjoyable evening of free music. Local food trucks will be onsite each week for the convenience of concert goers. Residents should be cautioned that there is no parking allowed on Plum Drive.
The 2018 lineup includes:
June 13: Pandas & People
Formed in 2013, Pandas & People have quickly gained popularity across northern Colorado and beyond. This four-man band blends traditional folk with modern rock to create their signature sound of moving lyrics and edgy rhythms. Pandas & People have grabbed the attention of celebrated performers, including Twenty One Pilots and The Doobie Brothers, and have been named “Best Folk Band in Colorado” and “Best Americana Act” by Westword Magazine.
June 20: Danielle Ate the Sandwich
A Lagoon favorite, Fort Collins native Danielle Ate the Sandwich gained popularity by posting simple YouTube videos that showcased her ukulele prowess, sweet vocals, thoughtful lyrics and unique personality. She has since wowed audiences across the world and has even recorded the Emmy-nominated soundtrack of the HBO documentary film, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.
June 27: Strange Americans
Dubbing themselves as the “Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking” kind of band, Strange Americans gets straight to the point with raw, traditional rock ‘n’ roll. The five band members have been busy throughout the past decade, releasing three full-length records and a seven-inch vinyl that showcase their powerful sound.
July 11: Equally Challenged
Equally Challenged combines expert songcraft, vocal harmony and a pocket groove for a unique funk rock sound. Band members include Jesse Turner, Paul Maley, Dan Kozlowski, Garrett Evans and Ian Wurst, each of whom have contributed to the northern Colorado music scene individually before forming Equally Challenged.
July 18: Jake Gill
A celebrated Nashville country artist and third round finalist on NBC’s The Voice, Jake Gill is passing through Fort Collins during his 2018 tour. Gill grew up listening to classic country music and strives to emanate the powerful songwriting styles he has always loved. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in country music, including Jake Owen, Easton Corbin and Chris Cagle, and has even performed for more than 50,000 people when opening for Jason Aldean.
July 25: Edison
Although this indie-rock trio hails from Colorado, Edison has captured the hearts of fans across the nation. The band includes singer and guitarist Sarah Slaton, multi-instrumentalist Dustin Morris, and Grammy-nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers). This trio has toured for over a year and has performed at major music festivals, including SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Folk Alliance International.
Aug. 1: The Jakarta Band
Based out of Denver, The Jakarta Band boasts an old school funk, disco and R&B sound. Led by frontman Isaac Points, the nine-member band knows just which grooves will get audiences up and dancing. Points brings more than 35 years of experience to the stage and has played with national legends, including Chuck Berry and Tony Bennett.
Aug. 8: The Wendy Woo Band
A celebrated northern Colorado artist, Wendy Woo lights up the stage with her energetic personality, musical skills and spirited songwriting. Her talent has earned her many honors, including Westword Music Awards “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” five times. She has also had the pleasure of performing with some of the nation’s most famous artists, including Brad Paisley, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Counting Crows and more.
Back for another year as the opening act for each Lagoon concert is Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock is a group of modern band performers from schools across the Poudre School District. Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit, has been helping kids across the country find their inner music makers since 2002 and making big waves in the modern band movement in schools. Learn more at www.littlekidsrock.org.
The Lagoon Summer Concert Series is produced thanks the generous support of its many sponsors: Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente, Dellenbach Motors, Big O Tires, Surgery Center of Fort Collins, The Youth Clinic, Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, The Human Bean, DaVinci Sign Systems, REMAX Advanced, Campus West Shops, Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Hixon Interiors, Outpost Sunsport, Gallegos Sanitation, Inc., Houska Automotive, The Rocky Mountain Collegian and Townsquare Media.