Laramie’s summers are best enjoyed outside, and the University of Wyoming has come up with one way to pull people into the sunlight on a weekly basis.
The University of Wyoming Summer Concert Series, which began June 7, offers free, weekly noon-hour concerts featuring local and regional acts. Concerts are scheduled for 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays on Simpson Plaza through July 26, except for July 5.
Simpson Plaza is located just outside the Wyoming Union north of the intersection of 13th Street and Ivinson Avenue.
“It’s a great way to come outside, enjoy the weather and eat some lunch,” said Jake Ostrow with the UW Campus Activities Center.
UW Residence Life and Dining Services will have barbecue foods such as hamburgers, hotdogs and sides for sale.
Ostrow said at least a hundred people make their way to the plaza on a weekly basis, usually sitting on surrounding benches, stones and grassy areas.
“They’re pretty chill,” he said. “People are hanging out in the shade and watching the shows.”
Acts include a mix of local groups, bands from Colorado and touring acts.
“We’re just trying to mix up the genres of music so we’re not doing the same thing every week,” he said.
On Wednesday, alt-rock/folk artist Holly Lovell is scheduled to perform. Lovell was born in Colorado and now lives in Denver, but she grew up in Australia. After starting her career in folk music, she has recently traded her acoustic guitar for an electric one and found a more hard-hitting sound.
Laramie band Elk Tongue is schedule to play July 12. The four-person group describes its sound as “psychedelic desert rock” that combines a variety of musical backgrounds.
Denver indie/folk group The Still Tide is scheduled for July 19. The group left New York City for the Colorado Front Range a few years ago, and they released their latest EP earlier this year.
To close the concert series, alt-rock trio Whippoorwill is scheduled for July 26. Alysia Kraft and Staci Foster, joined by drummer Tobias Bank, are in the midst of a summer tour through Wyoming.