Hot weather matched by live music in the Performing Arts Center Plaza sounds like the perfect way to spend time between summer classes.
Associated Student Productions and the Viking Union Summer Programs present the Summer Noon Concert Series every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 27 and ending August 1. All the musical happenings will occur in the Performing Arts Plaza and are free to the public. In case of rain, the events will relocate to the Viking Union.
The Summer Noon Concert Series has been going on for several years, dating all the way back to1992, said Casey Hayden, Student Activities Advisor and coordinator of the noon concert series for this year.
“It's usually well attended by faculty and staff and students,” said Hayden. “We try to have it [the music] appeal to a wide group since we try to appeal to faculty and staff since there are not that many students in summer. It's a good mix of people that attend.”
In past years, Hayden said that there have been about 100 to 200 people in attendance during each show.
“It's fun because there are so few things going on in summer,” said Hayden. “This one is a big draw because people think to themselves, ‘Hey, perfect, I can listen to some music and it's beautiful outside.' It's just fun for everyone.”
The musical acts range from folk rock to ragtime acoustic to reggae to a little country. Bands like Chuckanut Drive, the Quickdraw String Band, Maggie's Fury, and solo artist Amber Darland will help represent the local variety. Adrian Xavier, the last performer, hails from Seattle.
“I wanted to make it pretty eclectic for people,” said Hayden. “It's not your traditional indie rock solo that you'll see five times in a row. I think there's something for everybody.”